Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Pas De Calais

St Margarets from Cap Gris Nez today with a happy snapper as my Canon gear is in for repair. In the foreground some of the 584 Red-throated Divers that flew south in an hour.
Cap Gris Nez 09.00-10.00 with Tony and Trevor.
Common Scoter: 40 S
Velvet Scoter: 4 S
Goosander: 1 N
Red throated Diver: 584 S
Black throated Diver: 2 S
Fulmar: 2 N
Gannet: 100s S
Great Skua: 1 S
Mediterranean Gull: 3 S
Fieldfare: 75 S
Siskin: 7 S
Green Finch: 20 S
Next stop a couple from Gris Nez was Le Slack, which was some what disappointing bird wise due to heavy human disturbance.
From there we moved to Oye Plage which was also disappointing as it usually comes up with some treats. Despite a long wander along the dunes and around the shooting pools, the best we could muster was a Kingfisher, 2 Little Egrets, c40 Linnet, several each of Skylark, Song Thrush, Blackbird and Reed Bunting.
As time was getting on our last stop was at Guinnes Boardwalk where we manged to find Short-toed Treecreeper, 2 Willow Tits, Chiffchaff, 30+ Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, a Marsh Harrier and a Great White Egret. On the drive to the ferry we saw 6 Common Buzzards.
Looks like tomorrow is going to be a slog around the footpaths of Walland Marsh!


  1. What have you been up to with the Canon gear Martin............ I hope you have not dropped it.

    1. Just constant usage and carelessness Steve!