Saturday, 16 April 2011

A Blank Sea

 A Little Owl on the derelict building half a mile before Lydd Golf Club on my way to Dungeness this morning. Ithe sea was blank this morning with virtually no migration at all. The story was the same on the land around the point, so i went to the Midrips where 12 Avocets were paired up for breeding as were 8 Redshank and 12 Lapwing, 37 Shelduck, a lone drake Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 4 Brent Geese, 2 Marsh Harriers, 6 Meditteranean Gulls (5 ads & 2w), 2 Swallows through, 6 Northern Wheatears, a stunning Yellow Wagtail, several Skylarks and Meadow Pipits displaying, 4 Great Crested Grebes off shore with 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Kestrel posing on the wires at Jury's Gap. I spent the afternoon at Dungeness RSPB where the reed beds and bushes were alive with singing  Cetti's Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings, 3 Bearded Tits and a Bittern Booming every few minutes. Also there 2 female type Goldeneye, 2 Greenshanks (my first this year), 6 Yellow Wagtails (all males) 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Marsh Harriers and 2 ad Med Gulls over. This evening there is a Nightingale singing a few hunder yards from my home in the community wood. 

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