Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Sea of Birds

First stop the fishing boats Dungeness. There was only 1 gull in the roost the Capian Gull. After taking a few more pics it was time to look at the sea. Wow the sea was carpeted with birds 2000+ Razorbills, several hundred each of Guillemots and Great Crested Grebes, 100+ Kittiwakes were patrolling up and down the beach and probably as many Red Throated Divers up and down off shore. Surprisingly few Gannets were at sea. The same Velvet Scoter made 3 fly pasts, 2 Red Breasted Mergansers west and 35 Brent Geese east.  
1w Caspian Gull

At the ARC 2 red head Smew, 10+ Goldeneye, 2 Marsh Harriers, a Kingfisher near the screen hide, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests in the pines and 4 Tree Sparrows in the car park.
At Scotney 3 Greater White-fronted Geese  at the Sussex end along with 2 more Marsh Harriers.
Back at the beach this afternoon not quite so many Auks on the sea, the Velvet Scoter did another fly past as did a few Common Scoters, the 2w Glaucous Gull was following a fishing boat and Pomarine Skua chasing gulls close in shore disappeared to the west.  

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