Saturday, 15 December 2012

A lazy day

After a leisurely breakfast I made my way down to Walland Marsh. Driving past Johnson's Corner I didn't see any Waxwings but they can be mobile. (BB saw 3 there later). On the marsh a distinct lack of winter thrushes compared to this time last week. The Swans had moved to Cheyne Court where at least 64 Bewick and 2 Whoopers could be seen though they were being harassed by dogs. 6 Marsh harriers could be seen by the windmills.
A stroll along the sea wall at Littlestone golf course was bracing, 150+ each of Sanderling and Turnstone with a few Grey Plover were the highlights.
At Dungeness the 3w Glaucous Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were in the roost behind the fish sales shop, off shore plenty of Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Red-throated divers. The roadside gull roost had a colour ringed Herring Gull of note, about the only bird that allowed me to point the camera at it.  
From the causeway the Black-throated Diver could be seen on the New Diggings with 3 Great White Egrets, ( A Slavonian Grebe also there per PT).
Most the afternoon was spent in the warmth and comfort of the visitor centre looking at Gulls. 2 Caspian Gulls flew off as I arrived (DW) at least 4 Yellow-legged Gulls were seen along with 1 Goosander and a Peregrine also the ever present Marsh Harriers and a 4th Great White Egret. 

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