Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Yellow Wagtails and Garganey

A slow sea watch this morning in the company of MH and BB 08.15 - 09.45:
Red Throated Diver: 5E
Gannet: 32E
Brent Geese: 54E
Common Scoter: 45E
Velvet Scoter: 3E
Oystercatcher: 10E
Great Skua: 4E
Kittiwake: 4E
Common Tern: 15+ off shore
Sandwich Tern: 10+ off shore
Auks: 4E
Swallow: 3 in
Harbour Porpoise 3+ off shore
A plod around the bushes in the mizzle was mercifully cut short after seeing just a couple of Chiffchaffs and a Sedge Warbler by a text from SB about 3 Garganey on Hayfield 3. Parking at Springfield Bridge with BB and making our way to Hayfield 3, we met BH who told us the Garganey had moved to Dengemarsh. On arrival there the birds were easily located and showed reasonably well and showed some signs of display.

With the drizzle worsening we made our back to the shelter of our cars. Next stop Dengemarsh Gully where I found just 2 Chiffchaffs. On the way back to the beach a stop off at the south end of the ARC where 8 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Little Egrets could be seen. On New Diggings 3 Great White Egrets of which only one has moulted to breeding plumage. 15 minutes at the fishing was enough to tell me that sea passage had not improved.
From the entrance track in the field by the Boulderwall Farm 30+ Yellow Wagtails, a Whimbrel by the corral, 3 Marsh Harriers over Hookers Pit also several Sedge Warblers singing. 

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