Saturday, 26 March 2011

Black Redstart Fall at Dungeness

 Although it was a misty start at the point it was obvious from all the seeps and peeps as i got out the catthe car that many migrants were around. The first one i saw was a Black Redstart then another and another with a day total of 14, with 5 together in the Lighthouse Garden at one time. Also in the garden were 6 + Chiffchaffs some with black faces which i am reliably informed is Olive pollen with many more around the point, 2 Willow Warblers in the garden, 2 flyover Redpolls, 8 Siskins and a Brambling with more flyover Siskins as i walked the Point. The Gorse was alive with frantically feeding Goldcrests and 6+ Wheatears were around. A short misty sea watch produced 500+ Brent Geese, 14 Sandwich Terns, 102 Common Scoter and 2 Red Breasted Mergansers. 
 The Glaucous Gull was still at the fishing boats. At the ARC Pit The 2 Little Ringed Plover were still in residence and avery showy Curlew was with them. A Bittern flew over the path to Hansen Hide and 4+ Marsh Harriers were hunting the reed beds over the pit 6 Sand Martins and a Swallow were my first for the year

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