Monday, 19 November 2012

2 Snow Buntings and 5 Great White Egrets

A quick stop at Hamstreet Garden Centre this morning found a Great White Egret wading about in the canal with a Little Egret.
From the fishing boats Great Crested grebe numbers have increased with 124 in small area in front the boats along with 4 Red-throated Divers and 230 Guillemots. 42 Common Scoter flew west as did   2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 29 Brent Geese and 47 Kittiwakes. On the beach the 3w Glaucous Gull and the adult Yellow-legged Gull. 
A walk along the sea wall from Littlestone Tower to St Marys Bay and back found 2 obliging Snow Buntings stripping grass seeds by the beach, several 100s of Oystercatchers, c100 Turnstone, c30 Curlew, c20 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 5 Knot and 4 Ringed Plover. 
Munching seeds
Showing off his bling

Stripping grass seeds

Stripping grass seeds
At the ARC Pit 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Goldcrests of note.
On the reserve 4 Great White Egrets, 2 Goldeneye and a Common Scoter of note.
The 2 Whooper Swans were still with the Mute swans in the Kale field at Midley late afternoon. 

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