Thursday, 29 December 2011


Caspian Gull
In 45minutes sea watching near the fishing boats 647 Auks(mainly Guillemots) flew NE into Hythe Bay along with 107 Red Throated Divers, 200+ Great Crested Grebes, 70+Gannets, 50+Kittiwakes. 1 Red Breasted Merganser flew SW as did 14 Common Scoter.
The 1W Caspian Gull was again showing well on the beach as did the Glaucous Gull.
On the ARC 2 Great White Egrets, 3 Red head Smew at the SE end of the pit 12 Goldeneye, 2+ Marsh Harriers but unable to locate the Long Tailed Duck. The Leucstic Grey Heron was on New Diggings. c20 Tree Sparrows were at Boulderwall Farm.
Possibly a third Great White Egret was on Denge Marsh with a fly over Bittern and 2 Marsh harriers.
On Walland the local hunt was out, the Bewick Swans had increased to 29 only 2 of these were juveniles, 200+ Fieldfare were in the Hawthorn hedges and a Common Buzzard was perched in its usual bushes.

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