Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Dull at Dungeness

An afternoon visit to the fishing boats in very dull drizzly conditions, with the fog horn blasting away the whole time  found less birds on the sea than yesterday, though still good numbers of Razorbills, Guillemots, Great Crested Grebes and Red Throated Divers. Gannets and Kittiwakes seemed more numerous  and 25 Common Scoter flew west in an hour. The 2w Glaucous Gull brightened up an otherwise gloomy beach.
On the ARC from the causeway viewing conditions were poor but I could still see 3 Smew including the adult drake.
On Walland at Midley the Bewick Swan herd has increased again, now 53 birds there including 5 juveniles, also 2 very bedraggled Marsh Harriers sitting in the same field.

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