Friday, 26 October 2012


08.00-14.00 A windy, chilly, damp and rewarding sea watch from the car on the concrete road with TG, later joined by DW, BB and MH.

Great Northern Diver: 1E  (very scarce at Dungeness)    Dunlin: 42E
Black-throated Diver: 2w                                                Curlew: 6E
Red-throated Diver: 6E  2w  4 on the sea                        Oystercatcher: 2E
Red-necked Grebe: 1 on sea                                             Yellow-legged Gull: 2 on beach
Brent Goose: 1408w   64E                                               Knot: 6E
Common Scoter: 69w  57E                                               Ringed Plover: 1 On beach
Velvet Scoter: 1E                                                             Turnstone: 4+ on beach
Wigeon: 132w  15E                                                          Bonxie: 2w
Teal: 33w  2E                                                                   Kittiwake:39w  4E
Pintail: 4w  2E                                                                  Little Gull: 2w   1E  
Red-breasted Merganser: 10w                                          Mediterranean Gull: 5w
Shelduck: 4w                                                                    Starling: 400 in
Merlin: 1 out   1 in off                                                       Goldfinch: 80+E

record of  todays Red-necked Grebe(will be glad to get my 7d back next week)

 Of note on the ARC from Hanson was c150 Golden Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier and the usual wildfowl. In the Willow Trail 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests with the Tit flock. On the reserve c25 Tree Sparrows at Boulderwall Farm and the 3 Great White Egrets on Burrowes being harassed by Grey Herons.
2w Male Hen Harrier
 As I drove out of Lydd on to Walland a superb 2w male hen harrier hunting a Kale field but staying distant. Further on 20+ Redwings at Hawthorn Corner and 10+ Tree Sparrows at Midley.

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