Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Plastic Geese

This morning 07.50-08.30 from the fishing boats there was no sea passage of note: just a few Gannets, Kittiwakes and Red-throated Divers tooing and froing and 2+ Harbour Porpoises.
The New Diggings held 1red head Smew, 3 Godeneye and the Great White Egret.
At the south end of the ARC Pit 2 summer plumaged Black-necked Grebes but always distant, while watching them a Bittern flew across the pit and 15 Avocet flew over towards Burrowes Pit  but ended up swimming in the middle of the ARC.
On the reserve the Long-tailed Duck was in its usual corner from Deniss's Hide. As I missed the Taiga Bean Goose yesterday I made my way to the viewing ramp to hopefully locate it. On arrival Owen was there and pointed out an Egyptian Goose in among the Greylags and Canada Geese but no Bean. Several Marsh Harriers were displaying and couple of Bearded Tits called. A plod around the back of Hookers and along the path towards Lydd found many more Greylags and Canada's but still no Bean. A lunch stop followed by stop at Boulderwall Farm pools produced the drake Garganey distantly. Back on viewing ramp now in the sun a Bittern was booming and the Harriers still performing but no Bean Goose. A late afternoon visit to Scotney found a party of 6 Snow Geese, quite probably the group that had been seen at Beachy Head earlier in the day, also a single Snow Goose with some Greylags. 

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