Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Horrible pic of some of the Scotney Whitefronts
A lovely windless, crisp, bright morning is a rare event here. I parked at the entrance to Scotney Farm and headed towards  the wind turbines. A Marsh Harrier was hunting the banks at the back of the main pit flushing a couple of Snipe and a Redshank. At the farm a couple of Corn Buntings were feeding with the Chaffinch flock. On the eastern back lake a Black-necked Grebe among many Pochard and Tufted Duck. In the fields behind I found at least 18 Greater White-fronted Geese among c500 Greylags. Further on 3 dark bellied Brent Geese were with the feral Barnacle Goose flock, also 8 Egyptian Geese. Near the turbines a mixed flock of c60 Corn Buntings and 20 Reed Buntings were scattered by a ring tail Hen Harrier, a few Skylarks were seen on the walk along with a single Common Buzzard. On the western back lake 2 Great White Egrets, 48 Shelduck, c200 Wigeon, and 100+ Shoveler. 

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