Monday, 26 March 2012

Back to the Woods

Dungeness sea watch hide 08.00-10.20:
Red-throated Diver: 6E 2w
Gannet: 8+ fishing off shore
Merlin: 1 in off
Brent Geese: 34E
Common Scoter: 10E
Curlew: 8E
Dunlin: 4E
Kittiwake: 5E
Mediterranean Gull: 2E
Great Skua: 1E
Sandwich Tern: 32E 17W
Small number of Meadow Pipits and Linnets in off.
2+ Harbour Porpoise.
With few grounded migrants and cold NE wind blowing across The Point I moved inland to Orlestone Forest where it was at least 10c warmer and I spent a few hours plodding around 2 hours of which was spent watching a pair of Nuthatches nest building. It appeared that one of the pair did all the building while the other kept guard and called encouragement. At one point it called frantically while the other bird dived into the nest cavity as a Sparrowhawk dashed through. I still cant find any Marsh Tits there nor the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker today. Good numbers of butterflies were on the wing Brimstones, Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells and a Comma.