Friday, 6 December 2013


 A lovely bright fresh morning I walked the cycle path the length of the Scotney Pits. The pit next to the caravan park held of any note a Black Swan with a dozen Mutes. The next pit held c500 Wigeon with 20+ Golden Plover on the turf. The main pit held another c500 Wigeon, 12 Pintail, 70+ Pochard and few each of Shoveler, Teal and Mallard. The 80+ Barnacle Geese were flushed by a Marsh Harrier, while a Sparrowhawk gave the Starlings a torrid time. When I was nearly to back at the car the Long-tailed Duck popped up in the small bay at the Kent end of the pit.
 After some refreshment I plodded out past Scotney Cottage carrying on past Scotney Court Farm before returning. Of note were a Green Sandpiper flushed from beside the bridge over the ditch that runs down the back of Scotney Pit, 7 Corn Buntings a little way past Scotney Cottage, c 20 Skylarks and 5 Reed buntings flushed from ploughed fields beside the track to Scotney Court Farm, at the farm 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Common Buzzards and 2 Marsh Harriers. On the new pit 4 Little Egrets, 12 Shelduck and many other dabblers.
A quick look at a blank sea from The Point early afternoon the stopping at the south end of the ARC on the way back  where a Goosander could be seen, along with a Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great White Egrets,2 Little Egrets and still 300+ Gadwall.
On the reserve from Dennis's Hide another Great White Egret and 4 red head Smew, also another Great White Egret in front of First Hide seen from the visitor centre. Leaving the reserve 2 more Great White Egrets from the entrance track by Boulderwall Farm. Late afternoon from the screen hide on the ARC at least 2 Great White Egrets still present, making a minimum of 5 birds around the reserve, also 6 Little Egrets the Black-necked Grebe, the Goosander, 7 Goldeneye and 2 Chiffchaffs could be seen.   

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