Sunday, 16 December 2012


On the sea this morning plenty of Guillemots, Red-throated Divers and Kittiwakes tooing and froing off shore, along with a few Gannets and Common Scoter.
On New Diggings from the causeway, The Black-throated Diver still present, also 3 Great White Egrets, 2 Little Egrets and 3 Goldeneye there.
On the ARC from the causeway 200+ each of Gadwall, Teal and Shoveller
On the reserve 4 Smew including 1 drake, 2 red head Goosander, 4 Goldeneye, the usual Marsh Harriers and what looks like a near adult Caspian Gull.
I spent most the afternoon on Walland Marsh wandering Knee deep in mud and puddles that swamped my wellies. A ring tail Hen Harrier flew through and disappeared into East Sussex, a Male Hen Harrier made several appearances hunting along the ditches and bunds. Sparrowhawk, Merlin,  Peregrine, 2 Common Buzzards and double figures of Marsh Harrier were seen. These were instrumental in flushing 1000s each of Lapwing, Golden Plover and Starlings which all put on a superb aerial displays for most of the afternoon. At the reed bed I was watching at dusk several Bearded Tits were pinging, Water Rails squealing and 2 Stonechats hunted insects, also 1 Marsh Harrier roosted the first here for along time. The long staying Common Crane made a dusk flight around the marsh.     

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