Friday, 30 November 2012


Sea watch The Point Dungeness 08.15-09.00:
Red-throated Diver: 47w    26E
Gannet: c15 off shore
Brent Goose: 9E
Shelduck: 28w    16E
Wigeon: 9w
Common Scoter: 32w    8E
Red-breasted Merganser: 2w
3w Glaucous Gull: 1 on beach
Yellow-legged Gull: 1ad on beach
Mediterranean Gull: 1w
Kittiwake: 16E  4w
Auk sp: 138E        49w
Starling: c140 in
Black-throated Diver taken in terrible light conditions
 Driving across the causeway 2 Great White Egrets could be seen on the New Diggings, around the Tower Pits 4 Common Snipe, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2  Cetti's Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 15+ Tree Sparrows in the car park.
A check of Scotney found a Slavonian Grebe at the Sussex end but little else of note.
Back at New Diggings after hearing of a diver sp there (PT). The diver was soon located and turned out to be juvenile Black-throated Diver. Most of the afternoon was spent with MH in his new all singing all dancing Chelsea tractor visiting Denge Marsh, where apart from a Marsh Harrier Little of note was seen, a look from Dennis's hide found 4 Goldeneye, a Great White Egret and distant views of the Diver. We then drove round to Galloways which was very disappointing as nothing of note was seen.
Leaving MH I started for home, reaching Lydd roundabout I got a call from BB about 5 Waxwings at Cheyne Court, 5 minutes later I pulled up to see them perched in Hawthorn, just about had time to fire off some record shots at 2000 iso before they moved of to roost as a Merlin landed atop an adjacent bush. While apologising to a couple of other birders for nearly forcing them off the road on my way to the Waxwings(they pulled onto the verge to let me pass) a Barn Owl appeared and flew around for a few minutes and a Common Buzzard ghosted past to roost.
Taken in near dark at 2000 iso

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