Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Maybe Tomorrow?

Maybe tomorrow seems to be the mantra on the Dungeness Peninsular lately.
This morning a dawn walk around The Desert saw 2 Common Snipe and 4 Swallows with single figures of Siskin, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and Skylark over. The only grounded migrants were 2 Ring Ouzels that have been present for a few days. Even with all the nets open nothing of note was caught.
I joined SG in a stroll from the observatory along the front of the power station where we barely saw a bird until we reached the switching station where a flock of c80 Meadow Pipits were feeding, on the way back we did see a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and the local Peregrine a very poor return for our efforts.
This afternoon in an hour at the fishing boats;
Brent Goose: 67W
Wigeon: 10W
Eider: 2W
Gannet: c20 feeding
Turnstone: 3 on beach
Mediterranean Gull: 2 feeding
Black-headed Gull: c500 feeding
Guillemot: 3 around
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 2+
Yet another walk around and through the sea containers not a single passerine.
Late afternoon I joined SG in another wander down to the The Patch, no passerines apart from a few Pied Wagtails.
Despite our best efforts down here on the shingle we just can't find any of those birds that have allegedly made this one of the best autumns ever!
12 Great White Egrets, 21 Little Egrets and a Merlin at the ARC roost this evening.
Maybe tomorrow!

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