Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Glossy Ibis!

Thick fog at Dungeness this morning kept me at home till 10.00. As it cleared I drove the short distance to Scotney where a few Dunlin, Redshank and Ringed Plovers were on the sward as was the feral flock of Barnacle Geese. On the lake 2 Black-necked Grebes were of note (3 seen later per PT) a Peregrine and Marsh Harrier were terrorising the Wigeon. Brett's Marina and Galloways were very quiet.
As I arrived at Boulderwall Farm PB sent a message that a Glossy Ibis had flown over Burrowes, a few minutes later the Ibis (130 for the local patch) flew over the viewing ramp and disappeared into Dengemarsh. Later it made it's way to the fields north of Boulderwall where several 100s of Golden Plover could be seen among even more Lapwing and 76 Dunlin. Also there 8 White-fronted Geese and 5 Egyptian Geese among the Greylag and Canada Geese, a red head Smew among Coot and Wigeon there, another Peregrine and several Marsh Harriers, a male Stonechat was in the reeds also 2 Great White Egrets there.
 The best I managed of the Glossy Ibis
 some of the 100s of Golden plover present
On the beach this afternoon the regular 1w Glaucous and 1w Caspian Gull were still present along with a few Kittiwakes, Red-throated Divers, Auks and Great-crested Grebes.
Late afternoon 4 Great White Egrets and 22 Little Egrets roosted at the ARC.

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