Saturday, 29 September 2018

Egrets and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper!

A walk around the Desert and Long Pits with AJG and SO this morning saw 14 Stonechats, 2 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, a Blackcap, several Chiffchaffs and few Swallows over. A firecrest was trapped and processed, still plenty of Kestrels around but a fairly quiet morning.
I spent a long time at Scotney and was rewarded eventually with good views of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, also there 2 Yellow Wagtails, 100+ Golden Plover, a Greenshank, a Little Stint, a Redshank and 8 Dunlin. The Greylag population must now be 2,000, also 160+ Barnacle Geese, 46 Egyptian Geese, a Bar-headed Goose and Canada Geese there.
 Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Scotney today

Great White Egret coming into roost this evening
A Dungeness record count of 23 Great White Egrets came into the ARC this evening with 16 Cattle Egrets and 14 Little Egrets.

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