Saturday, 12 October 2013

Missed Most of The Big Day; 10th, 11th, 12th.

Escaping from the grandchildren for one hour Thursday, I nipped down to Seasalter with the bins seeing 14 bonxies and four gannets, the tide was out so nothing was going to be close. Much the same Friday but I went to Reculver in time to see one Leach's petrel, 3 velvet scoters, a few gannets and wigeon before the rain started.
Today I went down to Seasalter after the deluge yesterday, the tide was going out and nothing much to see on the flats. Moved along to the plots and walked just over the bridge finding six brambling feeding on the path (record shot) and further back in the bushes several reed buntings and mipits plus one whinchat

Further on at South Swale c.20 redwings were feeding on the bushes just behind the Sportsman PH otherwise fairly quiet. Along the wall c.20 mipits were feeding on the apron plus one whinchat which would not allow a close approach so just a record shot, heavily cropped.

The brent flock had increased overnight it seemed, there being at least 3000, difficult to estimate as they were strewn all along the shore up to Castle Coote plus wigeon amongst them.  One dog walker flushed the lot, not sure why as they normally allow a reasonable approach, clearly no fieldcraft.

Further on, near the large bush growing on the apron, 3 wheatears were still present along with a few more mipits. On the fields behind c.70 lapwings, a couple of kestrels and a flock of c.150 finches, mainly linnets but to far to ID.

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