Thursday, 28 March 2013

Plodding around

No sign of any Waxwings in the garden or on my way to Dungeness this morning. I arrived at the car park by the power station at c07.50 in a snow storm and after a cup of tea started sea watching from the hide with AJG and SO at 08.30- 10.00:
Red-throated Diver: 42E
Gannet: c50E
Shag: 2E   species no.150 for me on the marsh this year.
Brent Goose: c100E
Common Scoter: 14E
Eider: 4E (3 drakes)
Merlin: 1 in
Sparrowhawk: 1 in
Grey Plover: 3E
Curlew: 4E
Knot: 3E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 2E
Oystercatcher: 3E
Auks: c50E
Bonxie: 1E
Sandwich Tern: 5E
Meadow Pipit: c30 in
Common Seal: 1 off shore
Harbour Porpoise: 2+ off shore
A wander around The Point found of note, 1 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart, a Raven, a Peregrine and a Stoat.
At the south end of the ARC little of note, 2 Great White Egrets on New Diggings.
A wander up the track to the pines and back saw a Bittern, another Great White Egret, another Black Redstart , 2+ Common Snipe and a Green Woodpecker.
Round the reserve it is still very quiet, another Great White Egret, 3 flight views of Bitterns and a few Ringed Plovers, Dunlin and Redshanks on the flooded hayfields. Though 2 Garganey have since been reported and photographed.
From Dengemarsh Road c400mts south of Springfield Bridge a muddy puddle in the arable field held a Little Ringed Plover which showed very well. Further down in the Gully another Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Song Thrush and a Green Woodpecker.

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