Thursday, 22 January 2015

Buntings and Thrushes!

07.40-08.40 at the fishing boats, So enthralling I even counted the Cormorants until they turned round and came back, but at least it wasn't raining.  
 Brent Goose: 41 up
Shelduck: 1 down
Red-throated Diver: 2 down
Gannet: c100 feeding off shore
Cormorant: 728 up (07.40-08.05)
Kittiwake: 28 down
Guillemot: 8 on sea
1 Barrel Jellyfish by boats
 Herring Gull TD1T a regular on the beach
 Typical view of Bittern from the screen
At the ARC 15+ Tree Sparrows around the car park, a wander up to the Tower produced a Bittern, 2 Marsh Harriers, a Great White Egret, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, a Chiffchaff in the Long-tailed Tit flock, 3 calling Cetti's Warblers and Water Rails squealing from just about every patch of reeds.
An hour staring out from the screen later joined by BB saw at least 3 more Bitterns, 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Goosanders, a Smew, the usual wildfowl and more Water Rails.
At Lydd the 2 Cattle Egrets still in there chosen field. At Scotney the 3 Black-necked Grebes and the 1w drake Scaup.
Some of the 24 Corn Buntings at the seed dump. 
 I spent the afternoon on the marsh, the 84 Bewick and single Whooper Swan still in the field adjacent to Horsebones Farm. At Midley drying barns 10+ Tree Sparrows, 4 Yellowhammers and a few Chaffinches. A little further on at the feeders at least 20 Tree Sparrows, a few more Yellowhammers, 40+ Chaffinches, 40+ House Sparrows and a flock of c100 Linnets.
 A dodgy shot of the female Bullfinch 
A wander around Coldharbour and the Solar farm saw another 6 Tree Sparrows, c50 Fieldfare, c100 Redwing, 40+ Song Thrushes, countless Blackbirds, 20 Reed Buntings, 8 Yellowhammers, 6 Corn Buntings, a Bullfinch(scarce on the marsh), 2 Stonechat, a Jay, 3 Common Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Sparrowhawks. 
At the Tickners Lane seed dump 24 Corn Buntings, 30 Yellowhammers, 10+ Reed Buntings, 4 Tree Sparrows another Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. 
Late afternoon 3 Marsh Harriers came into roost while another flock of c40 Linnets roosted nearby.

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