Friday, 20 February 2015

Wet, Wet, Wet!

A very wet night was followed by an even wetter day, it was so abysmal I didn't bother to go out until a message from DW at lunchtime, regarding a 2w and 3w Caspian Gull in the roost on The Point. A short sea watch produced nothing.
 3w Caspian Gull, ISO 2000

 2w Caspian Gull
A soggy Cattle Egret on the chicken shed roof
A single Black-necked Grebe and 4 red head Smew could be seen on the New Diggings through a curtain of rain.
Round Brickwall Farm the 2 Cattle Egrets looked very sorry for themselves.
At Scotney no sign of the Black-necked Grebes, Scaup or any wild geese, even the Barnacle Geese have disappeared leaving just the one lonesome individual. However on the turf from the layby 26 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin and a Little Stint that the Bard of Littlestone twitched just to make sure it wasn't a Semi P.
On Walland the Whooper Swan still present but Bewick Swans have decreased to 54.
22 Little Egrets, 8 Great White Egrets and the 2 Cattle Egrets came into roost this evening, the c3,000 Starlings pre roost gathering put on a spectacular display when attacked by 2 Sparrowhawks and 5 Marsh Harriers flew through. 

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