Wednesday, 19 February 2014


Again very quiet at the fishing boats this morning just a few Auks tooing and froing and a few Kittiwakes patrolling the strand line. The main attraction was the 100s of Great Crested Grebes on view on the flat calm sea.
At the south end of the causeway a Great White Egret, a Little Egret and 2 red head Smew. On the New Diggings the 2 Black-throated Divers were showing well from the causeway.
 Parking at the ARC and strolling to the viewing ramp, 10+ Tree Sparrows at Boulderwall and another Great White Egret out the fields north of the track, a flock of c60 Golden plover flew over. Arriving at the viewing ramp CT and BH were already there watching a Bearded Tit. No sign of the Penduline Tits while I was there (They showed later per Tony and Brenda) a Bittern gave a brief flight view and a couple of Marsh Harriers quartered the reed bed. A look at Scotney with The Joker saw the Long staying Long-tailed Duck and the Black-necked Grebe but little else of note, we also drove around Galloways and Dengemarsh but saw little there.
 Siberian Chiffchaff 
Back at the ARC I wandered up to The Pines where 4 Chiffchaffs could be seen including one which looked to be a Siberian Chiffchaff. Because I could only see a silhouettes I went home for lunch and returned a couple of hours later when the sun had gone round, this time I was able to see the bird well and hear it call and grab some record images, but could not read the ring. 

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