Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Red-throated Divers

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.

 On New Diggings from the causeway 3 Great White Egrets and 4 red head Smew among the common wildfowl, with another Great white Egret at the southern end of  the ARC. From Hanson  5+ red head Smew were made several fly bys, many Wigeon, Pochard, Tufted Duck and Shoveller with 6+ Goldeneye and a Kingfisher. (I'm sure Mr A will have obtained some great shots)
At Scotney 300+ Golden Plover, 1,000+ Wigeon and a single Ruff were of note.  
 On Walland a Merlin posed, nearby the Bewick Swan flock numbered 82 and another family party of 5 that seem to keep to themselves on an adjacent field. The seed dump at Tickners Lane held 4 Yellow Hammers and 8 Corn Buntings. Another good day with 76 species seen on the peninsular.

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