Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A bit of a slog!

At The Point this morning off shore passage was non existent, just 3 Red-throated Divers and a handful of feeding Gannets.
The New Diggings still held the 5 Goosander and 2 Great White Egrets.
With the sun shining, a very light breeze and the ranges open, I parked at the beach at Galloways and walked along the top of beach to The Midrips and back. This stretch of beach is completely undisturbed and ignored by other birders, so there must be at least a couple of Snow Buntings there. 3 hours later I returned to the car having seen 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Redshank, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Shelduck, 2 Mallard a few Great Crested Grebes and Red-throated Divers off shore and a few Carrion Crows. Not even a Common Scoter let alone a Surf Scoter! I really wont be in a hurry to do this walk again.
At Scotney the 2 Black-necked Grebes and 1w drake Scaup still.
 1w drake Scaup 
Adjacent to Lydd FC the Cattle Egrets still being camera shy, always staying at least 2 mts away!
A quick drive around the marsh found that the Whooper Swan and 28 Bewick Swans were still present.
From Dennis's hide the 3 red head Smew, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Great White Egrets of note.
Late afternoon at the ARC a Bittern from the screen and another over the Tower pits, another Great White Egret, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tits, also Water Rails and Cetti's Warblers seemingly calling from every piece of scrub. 

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