Thursday, 13 December 2012

Bits and pieces

A gloomy morning at Dungeness saw very little change on the sea. A few each of Red-throated Diver, Guillemot, Great Crested Grebe and Kittiwakes tooing and froing with the tide off shore, also a few each of Common Scoter and Brent Geese past. The 3w Glaucous gull was on the beach by the fishing boats.
Red-throated Divers head shape is not always difinitive
 The Black-throated Diver was still on New Diggings as was 4 Goldeneye. At the south end of the ARC Pit 250+ each of Teal and Gadwall. From Hanson 3 Goldeneye and 2 Marsh harriers were the highlights. A Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest  in the Long-tailed Tit flock in the Willow Trail also 2 Cetti's Warblers and several Squealing Water Rails there.
On the reserve 4 Smew(1 drake), 1 red head Goosander brightened the gloom, along with large numbers of the common wildfowl.
58 of 60+ present
On Walland fewer winter thrushes than yesterday, 30 Bewick Swans at Midley and 2 Common Buzzards. Early afternoon at Johnson's Corner the sun came out for a couple of minutes, as 60+ Waxwings sat atop bushes beside the main road.

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