Sunday, 20 February 2011

13 Barnacle Geese moving east with a flock of Brent's

At Cockles Bridge this morning 9 Bewick Swans(3 Juvs), nearby on the ARC Pit still 12+ Smew(2 drakes) 14 Goldeneye and 3 Marsh Harriers, 4 of our American friends and all the usual dabblers. A 90 minute seawatch from the fishing boats was quite productive. Still many G.C.Grebes on the sea and numerous Gannets and Kittiwakes off shore, 78 Brent Geese with one flock being trailed  by 13 Barnacle Geese. Also seen 2 drake Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 48 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Fulmar, 102 Auk sp. 17 Red-throated Divers, 4 Diver sp, 226 Cormorant off shore including one flock of 89 that flew into the bay. On the beach behind the fishing boats a Kittiwake bathing and the 1W Glaucous Gull in its usual roost. At Scotney 150+ Golden Plover, 24 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank and 2 Marsh Harriers. On Walland 90+ Bewick Swans still,  6 Tree Sparrows by the feeders  and 3+ Marsh Harriers.

1 comment:

  1. I like the Barnacle Geese on the move not a common sight in Kent and nice to have the image for the memory. I've not been able to get down there for the last 2 weeks, but I'm making do - with Brambling and Siskens now visiting the garden. Will add to the blog soon, (if I can get the pictures first). I wonder if you've heard about the sad news of Ray Turley? I'd imagine you knew him? Lee Evans site has alot more detail than the Obs site.

    I'm very much going to miss seeing him at Dungeness.

    Kind regards,