Thursday, 29 November 2012

A Good Day on Walland

Sea Watch from The Point Dungeness with TG 07.30- 10.00:

Great Northern Diver: 2E                           Auk sp: 301E  266w
Red-throated Diver:  23E    48w                 Kittiwake: 7E
Gannet: 7 off shore                                    Mediterranean Gull: 3W
Brent Goose: 30E  61w                              Merlin: 1 in off
Shelduck: 81E  41w                                   Woodcock: 1 in off
Eider: 2E  then West                                  Starling: 86 in off
Common Scoter: 15E 62w
Goldeneye: 1E
Red-breasted Merganser: 5E
Wigeon: 122w
Pintail: 8E
Shoveler: 14w
Teal: 39w
 The rest of my day was spent wandering around some the lanes and paths of Walland Marsh. As I was scanning a Mute Swan flock for the Whooper Swans, 11 Bewick Swans flew over, no sign of the Whoopers but a Black Swan in with the Mutes.
As I wandered round the lanes and paths the bushes were alive with 100s Fieldfare and Redwing with good numbers of Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and a few Mistle Thrushes all devouring the Hawthorns. The Thrushes attracted the attention of a Merlin and at least 2 Sparrowhawks. Reaching  Midley I relocated the 11 Bewick Swans (6 adults and 5 juveniles).
During the day on the marsh a minimum of 18 Marsh Harriers were seen, 2 Common Buzzards, a Barn Owl at dusk, 1000s of Golden Plover, 1000s of Lapwing, 9 Common Snipe, several Bearded Tits and few Water Rails squealing in the ditches.  

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