Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Dolphins and Turtle Doves!

07.00-09.30 from the sea watch hide with DW and AJG:
Gannet: 6E
Shoveller: 1E
Common Scoter: 36E
Great Skua: 1E
Pomarine Skua: 1E
Black Tern: 3E
Mixed flock of Commic and Sandwich Terns feeding o/s c300
Kittiwake: 5E    2W
Mediterranean Gull: 2E
Swallow: 2 in
Black Redstart: on perimeter fence
Grey Seal: 1
White Beaked Dolphin: 5+ spotted by DW just west of The Patch for about 30 minutes.
Turtle Dove Walland marsh
A Bee-eater was spotted by PB heading towards the Power Station, but evaded me at The Point where the bushes were very quiet, the best being 2 Sparrowhawks.
Late morning a look around the marsh with AJG, in particular a wander along the canal at Kenardington saw several Yellow Hammers, Blackcaps, Common Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Green Woodpeckers, Song and Mistle Thrushes, a Hobby  and 3 Turtle Doves.
Coming back across the marsh brilliant views of 2 more Turtle Doves and a Marsh Harrier.
At Scotney this afternoon 5 Avocets on the spit with 3+ young, disappointingly I didn't see any other waders.
A plod around the reserve this evening was predictably quiet in the dreary conditions, of note 2 Marsh Harriers over Dengemarsh, 4 Garganey(3 drakes and a duck), 22 Gadwall and 32 Carrion Crows on Hay Field 3.

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