Wednesday, 9 November 2011

A Very Good Day

Very little at sea from the fishing boats this morning 08.00-09.00:

R T Diver: 7W                                           Kittiwake: 15W & 5E
Gannets: no count                                      Y L Gull: 1 on beach
R B Merganser 2W                                    2w Glaucous Gull : on beach                                     
C Scoter: 27W 4E                                      Swallow: 3W
Gadwall: 3W                                              Goldfinch: 500+ S
Brent Geese: 12W & 13E                          Redpoll: 20+ N
G L Geese: 7W                                          Siskin: 10+ N
Great Skua: 1E                                           Snow Bunting: 4 on beach
Auks: 44W & 32E
A plod along the beach to the research station and back looking for Snow Buntings was fruitless until I got back to the car where they running around and under it giving me the opportunity to snap away at them. 

 As the sun came out I made the short trip to Hythe to see the Rough-legged Buzzard which showed very well though kept its distance from my lense. While I was there 2+ Cetti's Warblers were heard, 3+ Chiffchaffs were in the sallows round the sewage works with a large flock of Long-tailed Tits, 2+ Sparrowhawks hunted the Quarry and mid afternoon 2 Whooper Swans flew West over. As I was leaving I was told of 2 Short-eared Owls hunting over Littlestone Golf Course, a few minutes later I was watching 2 them Superb! Next stop the Woolpack Harrier roost where a minimum of 15 Marsh Harriers came in and a Common Buzzard flew through. Sadly no Hen or Pallid Harriers came in.

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