Friday, 18 March 2016

Black-necked Grebe on the New Diggings this morning
A walk this morning from the ARC car park to The Pines produced my first Bittern booming of the year near the water tower albeit half heartedly. A Great White Egret from the screen and 2 Marsh Harriers but no migrants.
On The New Diggings a single Black-necked Grebe, a single red head Smew and a single Slavonian Grebe(2 were present later in the morning).
I joined AJG and DC in the sea watch hide. They'd had quite a good session before I arrived, details can be seen on the DBO web site. We saw a male Black Redstart in the power station compound as we went back to the car park.
At Scotney 4 Black-necked Grebes on the main lake along with c100 Wigeon and few each of Tufted Duck and Pochard. On the sward 33 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover, Curlew and a Redshank.
Another sea watch from the Point this afternoon with AJG:
Brent Goose: 103E
Common Scoter: 4E
Red-throated Diver: 36E        3W
Great-crested Grebe:  18 on sea
Gannet: 40E
Cormorant: present
Kittiwake: 3E
Sandwich Tern: 1E
Guillemot: 1E      1 on sea
Meadow Pipit: 2 in
Harbour Porpoise: 3
Grey Seal: 1

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