Saturday, 22 January 2011

Kent Birding

Waxwings
We teamed up with Great grey Shrike (aka Rob)  we started Saturday at Tesco’s were we saw 24 Waxwings which gave amazing views as they came down to feed on the berries right in front of us we got some photos but it was very dull Morning so the photos weren’t the best from there we headed to dymchurch.

We arrived at Dymchurch round about 9:30 and after 15 minutes of searching we found a flock of long-tailed tits and then we saw two Northern Long-tail tits we watched these just for about a minute before they flew of and weren’t seen by us again it was a shame that they didn’t stay still for a photo but we did get some good views, From there we then headed to Dungeness.


We arrived at Dungeness round about 11:00 on the way in Great grey shrike found a superb male Smew on the ARC pits we then had three redhead Smews and 3 Ruddy duck on the willow trail we had two wintering Chiffchaff once again no photos of them, from the visitor center we had we had 2 Ravens and one redhead Goosander and a goldcrest, time was against us and we wanted to try for Hawfinches at Denge wood were Great grey had previously seen them so this site seemed quiet promising.



Hawfinch
When we arrived at Denge wood at 1:30 a bit early, the weather was dull and raining so it didn’t look to promising , but we did see Treecreepers while waiting, me and Great grey shrike heard a Tawny owl calling from a distance, Marc heath then turned up and within a few minutes he had one Hawfinch of the top of a tree which gave amazing views for about 5 minuets until Maximums (aka Dad) found two more Hawfinches sitting on top of another tree and then another four flew over which gave us a total count of 7 Hawfinches which gave amazing views.
Waxwings

Waxwings

Hawfinch

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