Sunday, 11 March 2012


On a flat calm sea at Dungeness this morning very little of note: 300+ Great-crested Grebes and just a few Auks and Red-throated Divers. Off shore a few Gannets and Kittiwakes with just 6 Brent Geese moving east.
Met PT at the obs who told me about a singing Stonechat with a very white rump near the research station. On arrival the chat was soon located and the record images below taken clearly showing a particularly white rump and some bling. The bird was still singing and hunting in the company of its mate.  Any comments will be gratefully received. 

Nearby a single Black Redstart but no other migrants.
On New Diggings the Great White Egret, 2 Little Egrets and 1 red head Smew.
On the reserve the Long Tailed Duck, 38 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5+Marsh Harriers, 1 Common Buzzard and the Great White Egret flew into Dengemarsh.
On my way to the Harrier roost on Walland Marsh 2 Little Owls on the chicken sheds. Only 1 Marsh Harrier roosted in the reed bed I was monitoring, though there were a minimum of 9 in the area. A superb adult male Hen Harrier flew through at 16.50 and returned at 18.00 to roost in adjacent reed bed. Also seen at the roost 3 Common Buzzards, 4 Corn Buntings, several Water Rails squealing.
A big thank you to the lady who handed in my telescope that I left at the viewing ramp. Its becoming a habit.   

1 comment:

  1. Always great to see male Hen Harriers, nice Stonechat pics. I have really enjoyed your recent Bittern shots too.