Sunday, 18 September 2011

Christmas Dell

An hour at the sea watching hide this morning produced only 1 Red-throated Diver w, 3 Common Scoter w, 1 Auk w 1 Kestrel in off and a few each of Gannets, Sandwich and Common Terns.
A call from DW to say a Pectoral Sandpiper had been seen infront of Firth hide, gave me the excuse to stop the sea watch and go to the reserve. When i arrived the Sandpiper was still there though distant and straight into the sun and the hide was packed with a large group of visitors, so i carried on around the reserve. From the empty Makepiece hide the Sandpiper was still visible and much in better light but even more distant. From there to Christmas Dell there were a few Chiffchaffs and Cetti's Warblers in the bushes but little else. At Christmas Dell though a Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechats,  6 Common Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 more Cetti's, 1 Hobby over, 1 Marsh harrier over and the leucistic Grey Heron. The Great White Egret still at Denge Marsh and on the way back to the car park another look from a now empty Firth hide revealed no sign of the Pectoral Sandpiper.
Whinchat Christmas Dell

Leucistic Grey Heron Christmas Dell

Spotted flycatcher Christmas Dell

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