Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A benign day!

07.40-08.30 from the fishing boats: With the benign weather today very little off shore movement.
Wigeon: 9 down
Common Scoter: 2 up
Red-throated Diver: 6 up
Great-crested Grebe: 172  up into Hythe bay
Gannet: 98 down
Peregrine: 1 around chasing the Merlin.
Merlin: 1 around
Kittiwake: 37 down
Guillemot: 9 up
The Patch hide under siege!
At The Patch just 2 Mediterranean Gulls of any note, although the 1,000s of Gulls present over the boil and further down the beach were suffering much disturbance. 
 The new rock flood protection for the Power Station!
 A beautiful Goose even if it is feral!
On the main pit at Scotney the 3 Black-necked Grebes and the drake Scaup still and later the 2 Tundra Bean Geese on the main spit along with the usual wildfowl.
 Feral Egyptians with some of the 148 Brent Geese present at the back of Scotney!
Wandering the paths at the back of Scotney enjoying the sunshine, a flock of 148 Brent Geese and 6 Egyptian Geese. Way in the distance nearly to Jurys gap 2 Great White Egrets. A flock of 42 Tree Sparrows just in Sussex were very flighty, most likely something to do with the 2 Peregrines that were putting on a superb aerial display and the 3-4 Marsh Harriers there. c35 Corn Buntings and 20+ Skylarks were also seen around the fields and farm.  
 The 2 Great White Egrets definitely in Sussex! 
 Part of a flock of 16 Corn Buntings in the farm
record of the 2 Tundra Bean Geese
The 2 Cattle Egrets were in the field behind the chicken sheds at Brickwall Farm, Dengemarsh Road early afternoon, also 3 Marsh Harriers there and a raven.
Typical afternoon view of Bittern from the Screen
Mid afternoon from the screen hide 3 Bitterns gave flight views, 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Goosanders, 5 Goldeneye and the usual wild fowl.

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