Saturday, 26 January 2013

Wild Geese

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. 
 At the Varne Sailing Club the 2 Snow Buntings not so shy. Several Skylarks come in off the sea and Merlin flew east over the sea. As the tide dropped the waders came in and show very well for the first hour at least after the high tide. (Redshank, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Knot, Dunlin, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Oystercatcher)
 New Diggings held of note 9 Smew (1 drake), 4 Goldeneye and 2 Great White Egrets. The ARC from Hanson 4 red head Smew, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Kingfishers (hope they find the perches soon), 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Common Snipe over and a Goldcrest by the hide.
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.
 At Scotney of note the Tundra Bean Goose showed well from the perimeter path, 16 Greater White-fronts flew over and the long staying Common Crane could  just about be seen at extreme range.

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