Friday, 21 December 2012

Blue Sky

What a difference a day makes. Blue sky, mild and plenty of birds on the sea. 100+ Red-throated divers on the sea and up and down off shore, 100s of Guillemots and some Razorbills on the sea and moving mainly west, numerous Great Crested Grebes on the sea, c60 Gannets off shore, 200+ Common Scoter (Juvenile/females) west, 12 Brent Geese E 7W, and a mixed flock of c100 Sanderling and Dunlin. The Glaucous Gull was bullying the Herring Gulls on the wooden tower.

 On the New Diggings 2 Great White Egrets, 4 red head Smew, 4 Goldeneye and again I could not find the Black-throated Diver. On the ARC 15 Tree Sparrows in the car park, several hundred dabblers at the south end (Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon, Shovellor, Mallard and 4 Pintail.) also c100 each of Pochard and Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye and a red head Smew. From Hanson another red head Smew a fly by Great White Egret but little else of note. The Willow Trail still holds a Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrests in the Long-tailed Tit flock and 2+ Cetti's Warblers  by the trail.
A stroll along the sea wall at The Midrips was very disappointing avian wise, with just 14 Redshank, 21 Shelduck, 6 Mute Swans and a few Mallard on the pools, The only bop being a Kestrel, though on the sands Oystercatchers were in 3 figures probably due to the disturbance at Camber from the Kite surfers tearing up and down.
The Scotney complex still holds the c90 feral Barnacle Geese flock with its attendant dark bellied Brent Goose, c1000 Lapwing, c1000 Wigeon also 2 Marsh Harriers over the bunds.
On Walland at Tickners Lane the Yellowhammers had increased to 14 with 4 Reed Buntings and c 40 Chaffinches, also 2 Common Buzzards over.

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