Monday, 24 November 2014

Plodding around!

After scraping the ice off the windscreen for the first time this winter, I drove to the fishing boats arriving the same time as AJG where we spent 08.00-09.00:
Brent Goose: 5 W   1 E
Common Scoter: 7 W
Red-throated Diver: 3 W 4 E 
Great Northern Diver: 1 W
Merlin: 1 over
Kittiwake: 1 W
Sandwich Tern: 1 off shore
Auk sp: 6 W
Stock Dove: 49 W
 Firecrest in trapping area
A mid morning wander around the trapping area found a minimum of 4 Firecrests moving around with a couple Tit flocks, joining them a few Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs, while Water Rails seemed to be calling all around.
On the New Diggings from the causeway 4 Great White Egrets and 3 Little Egrets.
Short-eared Owl back of Lydd airport
From the Screen hide of note a Great White Egret, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Bearded Tits, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs and Water Rail .
A late morning early afternoon plod around the Gorse ridges behind Lydd airport was hard work. In the Gorse I only found several Wrens, Robins, Dunnocks and Blackbirds, but a Short-eared Owl quartering the rough at the back of the airport made the plod worthwhile, a Common Buzzard sitting on the mirrors and a Marsh Harrier was also seen. By the Water Tower a Black Redstart was feeding around the compound.
This afternoon on the reserve from Makepiece in the company of MH 3 Goosanders, 2 Black-necked Grebes were the highlights among the many wildfowl present.

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