Thursday, 18 December 2014


First thing this morning a quick look in Dengemarsh Road, Lydd found the 2 Cattle Egrets still.
An hour sea watching at The Point this morning saw:
Red-throated Diver: 4 down        2 up
Gannet: 89 down        26 up
Little Egret: 1 in
Kittiwake: 7 down     2 on beach
Yellow-legged Gull: 1ad in roost
Auk sp: 27 down
At The Varne lots of waders, 100s of Oystercatchers, 10s of Sanderling and Dunlin, a few each of Knot, Grey Plover, Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit and Turnstone.
On Lydd airport fields c150 Curlew and c200 Lapwing.
Late morning/early afternoon on the reserve 6+ Great White Egret, 2 Red head Smew, 5 Goosander, 2w Yellow-legged Gull, yesterdays 3w Caspian Gull was present for c30 minutes, several Marsh Harriers and all the common wildfowl.
This afternoon on the Marsh 3 Tundra Bean Geese, a Whooper Swan and 28 Bewick Swans all together between Hawthorn Corner and Horse bone farm. Further out on the marsh 20+ Tree Sparrows, 100s each of Fieldfare, Redwing and Blackbirds.
At Scotney the1w drake Scaup and 2 Black-necked Grebes still present.
Late afternoon at the ARC a Great White Egret and 6 Goldeneye from Hanson of note.
From the screen a Bittern flew from the tower in the failing light.

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