On New Diggings from the causeway, 2 Great White Egrets and a single Smew among the common wildfowl sheltering under the western bank, on the ARC 2 more Great White Egrets and 12 Smew (2 drakes) among large numbers of common wildfowl sheltering behind the bushes.
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:11
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
As soon as I arrived at The Point a flock of Red-throated Divers was moving west totalling 596. Off shore many Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes with a few Gannets. The 3w Glaucous Gull was on the beach.
At the Varne Sailing Club Greatstone the 2 Snow Buntings as shy as ever, On the mudflats there 100s of Oystercatcher, Knot, Dunlin and Sanderling with smaller numbers of Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwits, Ring Plover, Curlew and Grey Plover.
At Scotney 300+ Golden Plover, 1,000+ Wigeon and a single Ruff were of note.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:53
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
At The Point this morning visibility was very poor in the the driving misty rain. Small numbers of Guillemots, Razorbills and Red-throated Divers were tooing and froing, a small movement of Kittiwakes east and the occasional Gannet ghosted in out of the mist disappearing just as quickly. The 3W Glaucous Gull was in a roost next to the concrete road.
From the south end of the New Diggings 8 red head Smew were sheltering under the western bank with the common wildfowl and 2 Great White Egrets were in the reeds nearby.
Another Great White Egret was at the south end of the ARC.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:55
Monday, 28 January 2013
|Some of the 100s of Gulls at The Patch this morning|
This afternoon the wind had really started to blow and the duck on the ARC were sheltering behind the bushes by the causeway. Among 100s of the common wildfowl were 19 Smew and there were 10 sheltering on New diggings making 29 for the day my biggest count this year.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:15
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Mid morning at The Point and the change of wind direction was really noticeable. With little avian activity at sea compared to recent days. Guillemots and Razorbills could still be seen but most were distant though some were fishing close inshore. Red-throated Divers were still much in evidence, also a few Kittiwakes and Gannets. The 3w Glaucous Gull was still around.
From the reserve entrance track of note the 7 Barnacle Geese, a Greater White-fronted Goose, a Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Great white Egrets.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:35
Friday, 25 January 2013
08.35-10.05 at The Point:
Red-throated Diver: 200+
Gannet: c40 off shore
Common Scoter: 26W 9E
Velvet Scoter: 17W with 15 Common Scoter
Kittiwake: c100 off shore
Mediterranean Gull: 2W
3w Glaucous Gull: 1 on beach
Auks: c5,000 tooing and froing
From Hanson 2 red head Smew, 4 Goldeneye and 2 Marsh Harriers hunting the reed beds. In the Willow Trail still dozens of Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests and 2 water rails squealing.
At Scotney still many Wigeon but little else of note.
The 7 Barnacle Geese that maybe the real deal still viewable from the reserve entrance track c600mts north west of Boulderwall farm, while round the farm c30 Tree Sparrows.
At Midley on Walland Marsh 176 Bewick Swans (42 juveniles), 2 Whooper Swans, a Black Swan and 2 Marsh Harriers. Another good day with 85 species recorded on the peninsular today.
On the way home driving through Shadoxhurst a Barn Owl swept across the road.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:20
Thursday, 24 January 2013
08.00-09-30 at a very gloomy Point this morning with a bitingly cold easterly blowing the sea was positively brimming with birds.
Red-throated Diver: c150 mainly East
Gannet: c40 off shore
Common Scoter: 42E 18W
Velvet Scoter: 3E 2W
Red-breasted Merganser: 1E
Kittiwake: c200 W
Auks: c5,000w 50/50 split Guillemot and Razorbill + many on the sea.
New Diggings held 8 red head Smew among the common wildfowl. The ARC held another 8 red head Smew, 8 Goldeneye and 2+ Marsh Harriers. The Willow Trail was full of Redwing, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds with 2 Water Rail and 2 Goldcrest.
Winter Thrushes were in large numbers all over the peninsular. By the track to the VC near Boulderwall Farm 6 Greater White-fronted Geese and 7 Barnacle Geese which could be the real deal unlike the the feral flock at Scotney. Marsh Harriers were much in evidence quartering the peninsular. A Great White Egret from Dennis's Hide but little else of note in very few wildfowl on Burrowes.
At Scotney this afternoon 1000s of Wigeon the feral Barnacle Goose Flock and 100s of Greylags.
Coming back across Walland 160+ Bewick Swans, 2 Whooper Swans, the Black Swan and more Marsh Harriers.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:19
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
At the south end of New Diggings 8 red head Smew among c100 each of Tufted Duck and Pochard and a Great White Egret.
From the Fishing Boats 08.45-09.55
Red-throated Diver: 160+ off shore
Gannet: c100 E + offshore
Cormorant: c400E + offshore
Common Scoter: 26W 30E
Velvet Scoter: 4E
Red-breasted Merganser: 1 on sea
Kittiwake: c120 E
Auks: c 2000E +100s on sea 70/30 split in favour of Razorbills.
At Scotney 1000s of Wigeon, the Barnacle Goose flock but little else of note.
|15 0f the 28 Whitefronts that flew west over Dungeness RSPB|
Out on Walland 100s more Winter Thrushes, 140+ Bewick Swans, 2 Whooper Swans, a Black Swan and a flock of c40 Corn Buntings near Midley. At the feeding station 20+ Tree Sparrows, 30+ Chaffinches, 10+ Greenfinches, 4 Yellowhammers and 2 Common Buzzards. The seed dump in Tickners Lane held another Common Buzzard, 6 Yellowhammers and 8 Corn Buntings. Another good day with 90 species recorded on the peninsular.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 18:25
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
|This bird appears to cock its tail most of the time|
On Walland in the late afternoon gloom 150+ Bewick Swans, The usual Tree Sparrows in the bushes opposite the feeding station, in Tickners Lane at the seed dump 5 Yellowhammers, 6 corn buntings and a Common Buzzard. 86 species today on the peninsular without really trying.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 18:53
Monday, 21 January 2013
Scotney pits were covered in wildfowl, mainly Wigeon and Greylags, but also good numbers of Pochard and Tufted Duck. The Barnacle Goose flock was still present and in the small copse dozens of Redwing and fieldfare and a single Woodcock.
News from PT that he had seen the 2 Snow Buntings in Greatstone Dunes first seen Saturday by OL. I was joined on the beach by the dunes at Greatstone by CT and SB where we saw a few Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits, on the shore Sanderling, Dunlin, Knot, Bar Tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Curlew and Oystercatchers but no Snow Buntings. I decided to walk along the dunes to the sailing club and saw a few more Reed Buntings also a few winter Thrushes but Snow Bunting. I was half way back when SB called to say the Buntings were just east of the sailing club. Another hike back and I could see them. They were uncharacteristically flighty not allowing close approach and flying several hundreds of yards each time a dog walker came near.
On Walland near Midley I counted 162 Bewick Swans but there may well have been more as they were distant and the light was failing, also a Merlin dashed over a ploughed field putting up a flock of c40 Corn Buntings. Driving through the lanes winter Thrushes were much in evidence.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:31
Sunday, 20 January 2013
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:01