Sunday, 8 April 2018

Scotney & Woodlark in The Desert!

A some what damp and quiet morning at The Point, the conditions seemed good for migrants but they were sadly lacking apart from a few Firecrests and Chiffchaffs. The smart male Black Redstart was still opposite the lifeboat station
 Black-headed & Mediterranean Gulls on the sward
A brief visit to Scotney this morning found 4+ Mediterranean Gulls on the sward with 10 Brent Geese, the feral flock of Barnacle Geese and a couple of Curlews.
 Yellow Wagtail
Another visit to Scotney and the fields at the back of the farm this afternoon in brighter conditions, found 2 Black Redstarts still around the farm along with the Little Owl and Mallard still on its nest on the hay bales. A party of 22 Yellow Wagtails just beyond the cottage brightened up a dull day, also 4 Corn Buntings and 6 Pied Wagtails there.
On the back lake 6 Avocet but no LRP, a Marsh Harrier and a Common Buzzard flew over.
A bathing Yellow Wagtail
 c100 Linnets and a Corn Bunting
Out towards the wind turbines plenty of Skylarks singing more Corn Buntings a flock of c100 Linnets and at least 8 Tree Sparrows. In a tiny patch of Sallows a Firecrest (a first for me out there) also a Chiffchaff and a belligerent Mute Swan on its nest. 
 Tree Sparrows 
Late afternoon/early evening I managed to catch up with the Woodlark that Jacques found, a scarce bird at Dungeness.

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