Monday, 27 February 2012

Back to Dungeness

Crossing Walland on my way to The Point, 58 Bewick Swans back in the usual field at Midley, a Common Buzzard flew over, 4 Corn buntings an the drying barn , 30+ Fieldfare at Hawthorn Corner and 2 Marsh Harriers.
At a bitterly cold  beach, on the sea it was as you were, with Auks, Great Crested Grebes, Cormorants, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Red Throated Divers tooing and froing. The only passgae of any note was 18 Brent Geese moving east.
Reed Bunting from Hanson Hide
 At the ARC Pit 2 Ravens flew over the pit, 2 red head Smew, 8+ Goldeneye, 2 Pintail, 2 Bitterns, 50+ Curlew and 200+ Golden Plover over, 1 Dunlin, 1 Avocet on an island with the Black Headed Gulls, 2 Water Rail squealing, 2 Chiffchaff, 4+Cetti's Warblers calling, 2+ Marsh Harriers and the Great White Egret from the Screen Hide. 
Round the reserve very little of note just 1 Bittern, 2 Tree Sparrows by Dennis Hide, 2 Goldcrests at Christmas Dell, 4+ Marsh Harriers and another 10+ Tree sparrows at Boulderwall Farm.
I had a look at the massed ranks of feeders at Warehorn Church on the way home, they were very busy with dozens of Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Great, Blue and Long Tailed Tits, House Sparrows, Starlings, Collared Doves , Blackbirds, a Song Thrush, 2 Tree Sparrows and  a Nuthatch. With all this food readily available I thought I might find a Brambling among the Chaffinches, maybe next time. 

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