Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Grebes, Egrets and Waxwings

At The Point from the fishing boats this morning very few birds were moving off shore, but there were many on the sea feeding close inshore. As PT managed to count 350 Great Crested Grebes before losing the will to live yesterday, I thought I'd count them today. Totals as follows:

Red-throated Diver: 9
Cormorant: 68
Common Scoter: 6
Great crested Grebe: 731
Guillemot: 182
Kittiwake: 3

On New Diggings from the causeway 2 Great White Egrets, the juvenile Black Throated Diver(Pity it is not as obliging as the Dover Docks bird, I live in hope!) 3 Goldeneye and a Marsh Harrier. The ARC from the causeway at the south end 200+ Gadwall still, 4 Goldeneye and another Great white Egret.
On the reserve on Burrowes Pit another G.W.Egret, 6 Goldeneye, 6 Smew(1 drake) an adult Caspian Gull and 3+Marsh Harriers. A walk to the pines and round the Tower Pits found 15 Tree Sparrows in the car park, 2 Goldcrests, a Chiffchaff, another G.W.Egret (No.5), 3 Common Snipe flushed and 2 more Marsh Harriers. 
Late afternoon driving back across Walland I came across a flock of 18 Waxwings in the hedge north of the drying barns at Midley. The light was failing so only a few pics taken but all were poor. 

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