Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Golden Oriole!

This mornings sea watch was indicative of this years Dungeness spring sea passage, very poor! A desperate lack of waders, dabblers, Terns not to mention Poms!
Mute Swan: 2W
Eider: 2E
Common Scoter: 29E
Gannet: 6E  2W
Oystercatcher: 9E
Sanderling: 10E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 10E
Kittiwake: 1E
Little Tern: 1E
Common Tern: c30 o/s
Sandwich Tern: c15 o/s
Swallow: 3in
Harbour Porpoise: c6
This mornings watch was mercifully bought to an end by news from SB of a Golden Oriole  at the Water Tower Pits. Arriving on site the Oriole had not been heard for a few minutes so I joined SB for a look around. A few minutes later the Oriole gave us a short flight few, followed by 2 more, the last one being as it towered away towards Lydd.
 Hobby's Dengemarsh
Early afternoon was spent on a fruitless search for a Purple Heron that had been reported on the reserve, while wandering around several Hobby's could be seen around Dengemarsh, along with 2 Cuckoo's, 2+ Marsh Harriers, good numbers of Sedge, Reed and Cetti's Warblers, a couple of Bearded Tits. Hayfield 3 held a White Wagtail, 5 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Egyptian Geese of note.  
Another hours watch from the fishing boats saw just 16 Bar-tailed Godwits and few Common and Sandwich Terns.

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