Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Dead Duck!

 Brent Geese moving East from the sea watch hide this morning!
A Grim 2 hours 07.00-09.00 from the sea watch hide in rain driven by the SW wind.
Brent Goose: 151 E
Teal: 8 E
Common Scoter: 46 E
Red-breasted Mereganser: 2 W
Red-throated Diver: 2 E   2 W
Great-crested Grebe: 14 E
Fulmar: 23 E    4 W
Gannet: c10 o/s
Oystercatcher: 4 E
Sandwich Tern: 3 around
Mediterranean Gull: 1ad
Auk sp: 1 E
A sad end to this Teal, flying into the anti predator fence round Dengemarsh Flood! 
When the rain stopped at around midday 2 Chiffchaff flew across the field in front of Plodland disappearing into a neighbours garden. 
At Galloways a Wheatear by the guard house, several each of Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Reed Bunting and a pair of Stonechats by the track.
The 2 Cattle Egrets still by Brickwall Farm, the 2 Egyptian Geese opposite and a Raven over.
At Springfield Bridge a mixed flock of Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails. In Hayfield 3 a single Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 3 Curlew and 2 Shelduck. On the way back a Teal flew from Galloways across the field straight into the perimeter fence, presumably breaking its neck as it was dead when I reached it.
 Chiffchaff on the power station perimeter wall this afternoon.!
Mid afternoon at The Point a Firecrest in the Lighthouse garden(at least 17 around today per DBO) a Chiffchaff on the perimeter wall, 5 Wheatears and a Black Redstart on the shingle opposite Spion Kop.
One of five Wheatears on the shingle opposite Spion Kop!
Late afternoon at the ARC 4 Goldeneye, a red head Smew, c100 Shoveler at least 3 Marsh Harriers. Chiffchaffs and Cetti's Warblers singing in the Willow Trail.

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