Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Another Dusky!

08.00-08.40 from The Point with AJG:
Brent Goose: 13E   25W
Pintail: 32W
Wigeon: 37W
Teal: 146W
Tufted Duck: 4W
Red-throated Diver: 2E
Gannet: 32W
Kittiwake: 9W
Guillemot: 6 on sea        3W
Razorbill: 1 on sea
Auk sp: 1E   7W
Pied Wagtail:  3 on beach
At  08.40 a call from Steve Gale who was less than 100yds away telling me he was looking at a Dusky Warbler brought a sudden end to our sea watch. A couple of minutes later we watching the bird, which was a little more showy than Mondays bird, though getting photographs of it was still very difficult. While watching and trying to photograph it there was a constant flow of Goldcrests coming in over the beach, while overhead, Siskins, Redpolls, Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches, a Brambling and Goldfinches. Another call came through from AJG saying that SO had found a Yellow-browed Warbler in the lighthouse garden was enough to make me leave the Dusky Warbler and head for the lighthouse. Once again minutes later the Yellow-browed Warbler popped up in the Sycamore but giving no chance of photographing it. Also in the garden many Goldcrests with arriving, a minimum of 2 Firecrests, several Chiffchaffs, also at least 3 Black Redstarts that literally dropped out of the sky. 
 Dusky Warbler an excellent find by Steve Gale
 Dusky Warbler
 Dusky Warbler

Black Redstart
After a quick lunch I visited Scotney where a Slavonian Grebe was new in, also there of note c400 Golden Plover and several 100s of Wigeon.
On the New Diggings the 2 Black-necked Grebes and a Great White Egret , while a quick late afternoon look at the sea produced a flock of c80 Brent Geese, a flock of 15 Kittiwakes and 2 Harbour Porpoises of note. 

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