Sunday, 19 April 2015


This mornings sea watch was probably the poorest this spring, the only entertainment was provided by 2 would be sea anglers trying to launch their rubber dingy. Fortunately for them they never managed to launch, as the waves either swamped the boat or pushed it broadside. After about 15 minutes of trying when they wet and most likely very cold, the safety range boat came along, saw them, came in shore and told them to desist(probably in Anglo Saxon language). 
 Suicidal Anglers! note the life jacket in the boat!
Our dire sea watch was brought to sudden end with news of 5 Bee-eaters in a Dover cemetery, which I successfully twitched.
A big thank you to Trevor Morgan for sharing his great local patch find with me and all the other birders who successfully saw the 5 stunning Bee-eaters.
 The sun shone very briefly
 Doing what Bee-eaters do! before departing SW at 10.31

 This one land right above me, shame about the light!
This afternoon at the ARC plenty of Hirrundines including my first House Martins of the year, Sedge and Cetti's warblers were singing and a Greenshank flew over, at the screen hide Swallows were prospecting nest sites and a Water Rail was squealing in front the hide, little else of note was seen. 
 An early evening plod from Springfield Bridge to the ramp and back saw of note a Brent Goose on  Hayfield 3 with a 3 Ringed Plover, a White Wagtail, a Yellow Wagtail, and 2 Little Egrets. From Dengemarsh hide a Garganey, a Great White Egret, 2 Tundra Bean Geese, a Bittern booming, 3+ Marsh Harriers and worryingly now 8 Egyptian Geese.
Sedge Warbler outside Dengemarsh hide this evening.

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