Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Calm and Quiet!

2 still, sunny days in a row are rare at Dungeness, with sea flat calm there was nothing moving off shore, there was a few Guillemots and Razorbills bobbing about with a few Red-throated Divers, some Gannets way out, a Red-breasted Merganser and of course the 1w Caspian gull and 1w Glaucous Gull.
I made the effort to walk around the Long Pits in search of a Woodcock and failed, however I did find 2 Jack Snipe, 10 Common Snipe and 2 Cetti's Warblers.
At the back of Scotney a Spotted Redshank was on the back lake island, also 24 White-fronted Geese and the Tundra Bean Goose. The fields were very quiet with just 3 Skylarks, 3 Stonechats and a few Meadow pipits being seen. In Scotney Farm the first Lambs of the year.
Scotney Farms first lambs of the year.
Driving past Belgar farm a Barn Owl appeared, by the time I stopped the car, the above image was the only one I managed.
At the Kerton Road triangle the Dartford Warbler was chasing around with 3 Stonechats at lunchtime today. At the south end of the New Diggings a Slavonian Grebe and 2 Black-necked Grebes. At the ARC 2 Bitterns walking on the ice, 3 Great White Egrets, 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Common Snipe, 4 Cetti's Warblers and all the usual wild fowl.
1 of 2 Bitterns wandering about on the ice.

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