Wednesday, 8 February 2017

I arrived at the fishing boats this morning to be greeted by leaden skies and a biting east wind coming in from from Lade Bay.  A few minutes staring out to sea was enough to let me know that there was very little change, still just a few each of Red-throated Divers, Gannets, Guillemots and Razorbills. I decided to walk along the beach to the Lifeboats Station, but gave up halfway due to the dearth of avian activity along the shore just a single Turnstone and 2 Skylarks in of any note.
Next stop was Kerton Road where I found no sign of the infamous Stonechat or any other Stonechat.
Across the causeway the Slavonian Grebe was at the Boulderwall end of the New Diggings. On Cook's Pool the Ring-necked Duck still in residence, 2 Redshank and  Ruff among the Wigeon and Lapwing there. From Dennis's hide 4 Goldeneye of note among the usual Tufted Duck and Pochard. While in the VC having a hot chocholate 6 Pintail dropped into Burrowes, no sign of the Long-eared Owls at the Dipping Pool, though not surprising with the east wind blowing straight into their favoured perches.
At Scotney no grey geese just the feral Barnacle flock and little to be seen on the main lake.
At Camber again no sign of the Red-necked Grebe, the Red-breasted Merganser still there along with a Great White Egret, 6 Little Egrets 2 Great-crested Grebes and 2 Little Grebes.
The drake Goosander still on Brett's Marina near the ski jump, at Dengemarsh another Great white Egret, 3 Marsh Harriers and few Meadow Pipits of any note.
This afternoon I spent a couple of cold hours in Makepiece hide watching the Gulls coming in to roost, no notable Gulls arrived and only 560 Cormorants came in. A pair of Goosander that dropped in copulated and left were the afternoon highlight.    

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