Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Wild Geese at Last!

 Common Buzzard Scotney
As it was lovely morning I decided to walk out to the back of Scotney to the wind turbines. The walk was very nice but avian wise a non event, 20 + Bewick Swans could just be seen at extreme range at Cheyne, passerines were non existent except for a couple of Stonechats and a few Pied Wagtails, 2 Common Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine were seen.
 Black-throated Diver at Dengemarsh
MH called me to say the Black-throated Diver was showing very well on Dengemarsh, on my arrival it still was as was a Great-crested Grebe. Also seen there of note were 2 Great White Egrets and Golden Plovers with all the usual species.
 Black-throated Diver at Dengemarsh
Black-throated Diver at Dengemarsh
Great-crested Grebe at Dengemarsh
Late morning back at Scotney to see the 2 Red-necked Grebes found by Owen, Bernie, Dorian and Eric visitors from Selsey Bill. The Grebes were quickly located and while checking the Greylag flock 20+ Russian White-fronted Geese, 2 Tundra Bean Geese and 3 Brent Geese were located.
Late afternoon on the reserve no sign of the Long-eared Owl at the Dipping Pool. In the gull roost the 1w Glaucous Gull and 2 1w Caspian Gulls were noted, on the lake 2 Goosander among the usual wildfowl. 2 Smew were at Christmas Dell.

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