Wednesday, 16 November 2011

1w Coues's Arctic Redpoll?

On my way to Dungeness this morning as I drove over the road bridge over the Military Canal at Hamstreet I could see the Great White Egret feeding a little way along the canal. Also present 3 Little Egrets.
At The Point once again very little on the sea with just a few Gannets and Auks off shore, 6+ Red Throated Divers  ands 12 Brent Geese flew west. The Yellow-Legged Gull and Glaucous Gull were around the beach the latter has now been present for 1 year.
While looking for yesterdays Desert Wheatear there was a Black Redstart by the Research Station a few Redpoll and Goldfinches over and little else.
Great White Egret Royal Military Canal.
At the Obs. a very interesting Redpoll was trapped and ringed which I believe could well be Coues's Arctic Redpoll. It appears to be the double of the bird shown in BW Vol 9 No 2 plates 48-50.

A visit to the ARC Pit produced a Great White Egret perched on top of the Cormorant nests on Cormorant Island,1 Marsh harrier,  6+ Goldeneye and the usual wildfowl, 2 Chiffchaffs in The Willow Trail, several Tree Sparrows around the car park and very little else.
On the reserve Wildfowl numbers are building up, 19 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 6 Snipe, the Leucistic Heron and Bittern.

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