Thursday, 9 March 2017

White Wagtail!

 This day last year saw 17+ Blue Fulmars with 400+ Fulmars and much more past the sea watch hide. Today there were c15 Fulmars, a handful of Red-throated Divers and Kittiwakes, 363 Brent Geese, 3 Common Scoter, 60+ Gannets and a Great Skua. The 2 1w Iceland Gulls were still at The Patch.
A visit to Denge Marsh Gully drew a blank on migrants with just a handful of Linnets and Corvids present.
From Springfield Bridge a Great White Egret and 2 Marsh Harriers were the highlights. As essential work was being undertaken in the hay fields they were inevitably devoid of avian life.
A Marsh Harrier and 2 Common Buzzards were on the ranges but no migrants were seen at Scotney.
Black-necked Grebe on the New Diggings
An early afternoon visit to the beach drew a blank on migrants also very little on the sea apart from a flotilla of Guillemots and Great-crested Grebes.
A walk across the causeway from Boulderwall to the Open pits this afternoon found 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Slavonian Grebes and a Black-necked Grebe. 
 White Wagtail at Makepiece
Late afternoon the Ring-necked Duck and 2 red head Smew were on Tanners Pit. The 2 Long-eared Owls  were showing in the bushes behind the Dipping Pool.
From Makepiece Hide I eventually found a 1w Caspian Gull among the 100s of Gulls present. A superb White Wagtail was feeding with Reed Buntings right in front the hide as was a pair of Goldeneye, also 5 Black-tailed Godwits and an Avocet there. In a field just west of the reserve entrance 2 Red-legged Partridges the first I have seen on the peninsula this year, now a scarce bird here.
 Goldeneye from Makepiece
Red-legged Partridges (scarce on the peninsula these days)

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