Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Winter Gloom

Another thoroughly Gloomy winters day so much so that I couldn't even be bothered to point the camera at the Ring-necked Duck.
O7.45-08.45 from the fishing boats joined by OL
All down channel unless stated otherwise:

Teal:                                  18
Common Scoter:               16
Red-throated Diver:            8
Great northern Diver:          1 up
Great-crested Grebe:          14 around
Turnstone:                           27 around
Dunlin:                               46
Black-headed Gull:             present n/c
Mediterranean Gull:           3
Common Gull:                    present n/c
Herring Gull:                      present n/c
Lesser Black Backed Gull: present n/c
Great Black Backed Gull:  present n/c
Guillemot:                           9
Auk Sp:                               4
Meadow Pipit:                 128 over
Starling:                           500 in
Goldfinch:                          20 over
Linnet:                                20 on beach
Driving back from the beach across the causeway a pair of Goosander flew over settling on the ARC.
Most of the rest of the day was taken up with domestic stuff, though I did manage to catch up with the Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret and Little Egrets at Cooks Pool, also the Long-eared Owl was still behind the Dipping Pool. The 4 Bewick Swans had relocated back to the field between the airport and Cockles Bridge Dungeness Road. I was going to count the Egret roost today but by 15.30 it was  already dark.

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