Saturday, 2 April 2011

Amazing day birding

Snail on Reeds
We met Rob at Rye trainstation and headed over to pett levels for this Lapland Bunting that was seen yesterday that was almost in full summer plumage, but there was nothing to note really at pett level
1 peregrine
2 Buzzards
1 Avocet and 2 Med Gulls

From here we headed down to Dungeness and done abit of seawacthing, when we arrived at the point we dad noticed a female  Wheatear and then we saw a nice male also there was 2 singing Stonechats.  we parked the car and walked along the path towards the patch and noticed  3 people watching a nice female and male Wheatear giving good views on the wall.
 Then we done an hour seawacthing and noticed.

Common scoter 200+
Velvet scoter 1e, 1w
Red breasted merganser 7w
Great northern divers 2w
Red throated divers 2
Little Gulls 2w, 4e
Med gulls 2w
Sandwich terns 50
Common tern 2
Manx shearwater 3w
Auk sp 
2 Swallows 
Curlew 1 w
Shovler 4w
In the power station compound behind there was a nice female  Black redstart

 Whilst sea watching i was checking Robs pager and i all most had a heart attack when it beeped and said " Ring ouzel Old lighthouse" which is where we parked the car,so i told Rob and Dad  a male and just ran to see it, but Marc who saw it said that it flew into cover, whilst looking for the Ring ouzel we noticed lots of Willow warblers moving around  in the gorse bushes which was a nice year tick.then a ouzel flew up giving us a flight view we managed to see its pale wing bands and the white crescent , it done this several more times, me and Rob then went for a drink ,but dad waited to see if he could see the bird again and almost stood on  it before it flew up in to the bushes and gave a good brief view before it wasn’t seen again. 

From here we headed to the Visitor center to see if there was anything around ,
On the reserve the board there had been sightings of a Hobby Denge marshYellow wagtails  and Little ringed plover on the arc pit so we decided to go for the lrp , on the way to the car we had a nice female Brambling showing its self very well by the feeders along with  5 Reed buntings, there was no sign of the LRP on the ARC pit but there was a splendid male and female Golden eye , 1 Sparrowhawk  looking male Marsh harrier,  Dad and Rob had a Tree sparrow But after a nice long day we decided to head home

Thanks for the Good day Rob

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