Wednesday, 16 November 2016

A Quieter Day

An uninspiring sea watch this morning:
08.00-09.00 from the fishing boats with NF, DW & BC.
                                 Up Channel       Down Channel
Brent Goose:                 5
Shelduck:                                                       1
Common Scoter:                                          10
Red-throated Diver:                   2 on             4
Great-crested Grebe:               15 Around
Gannet:                                  c30 Around
Turnstone:                                4 on beach
Mediterranean Gull:    2
Kittiwake:                    5
Guillemot:                                3 around
Razorbill:                     2           1 around
Goldfinch:                                2 over

Ring-necked Duck
At Boulderwall the Ring-necked Duck was still present on Cook's Pool also a Great white Egret there, the Cattle Egret was still in the fields with Cattle. With the number of cars in the car park I opted to go some where quieter. At Scotney all the usual feral Geese and wildfowl but nothing out of the ordinary. Denge Marsh Gully was unsurprisingly very quiet. 
The Grey Stonechat
Early afternoon at the Kerton Road triangle the pale Stonechat was  still insitu along with 3 Dartford Warblers and 2 Common Stonechats.
14.10-15.00 from the fishing boats was very slow, though a Great Northern Diver flew down channel and 5 Red-throated divers flew up channel, while on the c a flock of c150 Kittiwakes.
Little Egrets from Firth at sunset
Late afternoon from Firth Hide an adult Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, the 3 Black-tailed Godwits still present and a Redshank.

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