Thursday, 30 March 2017

An interesting watch this morning with a good range of species:
06.45-09.45 from the sea watch hide in the company of BB,BC,LG,DW and AJG.
Brent Goose: 64 up
Gadwall: 2 up
Pintail: 11 up
Shoveler: 8 up
Common Scoter: 264 up
Velvet Scoter: 2 up
Red-breasted Merganser: 4 up
Red-throated Diver: 98 up
Great Northern Diver: 1 up
Great-crested Grebe: present n/c
Fulmar: 4 up      1 down
Gannet: 39 up     4 down
Cormorant: present n/c
Osprey: 1 up
Merlin: 1 out
Great Skua: 1 up
Arctic Skua: 2 up
Mediterranean Gull: 4 up
Iceland Gull: 1 1w over The Patch
Little Gull: 9 up
Kittiwake: 7 up   5 down
Sandwich Tern: 144 up
Guillemot: 1 up
Auk sp: 11 up
Harbour Porpoise: 3+
The White-fronted Goose was still at Denge Marsh this morning. A Water Pipit was seen on hay field 1, a bird that I have not managed to see at Dungeness before, so I was very happy when it was still present when I arrived albeit but very elusive in the long grass. Another visit this evening found 3 Water Pipits there, but they were all still very elusive. I only managed to get a terrible record image.
 The smudge is a Water Pipit
Another sea watch from the fishing boats this afternoon was very pleasant in the warm sunshine, although not much was passing:
4.15-16.00 from the fishing boats with AJG & MH
Shoveler: 2 up
Common Scoter: 9 up
Red-throated Diver: 6 up
Great-crested Grebe: 6 around
Gannet: 1 up  3 down
Turnstone: 3 on beach
Sandwich Tern: 113 up
Skylark: 1 singing behind beach
Late afternoon on the New Diggings 2 Black-necked Grebes and a Slavonian Grebe. On Tanners Pool the Ring-necked Duck still and a Sedge Warbler there. At Cook's Pool a Water Rail present along with usual wildfowl.
Sunset at Dengemarsh
This evening's walk around Denge Marsh found the Whitefront still and the 3 Water Pipits, also 2 Common Buzzards over  and the usual Little Egrets and Marsh Harriers.
2 Little Owls were showing at Lydd Camp.

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