Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Hooded Crow Again at Seasalter

Had a little bit of a tour around the east of the county today with the first stop at Seasalter to note whether the hoodie was about but no sign in the usual field. Prior to that, a quick look over the seawall revealed c.8000 knot right out on the mudflats, difficult to estimate but more than I've seen before. Moved onto Bossenden and played with the nuthatches again, they must have about half a hundred weight of peanuts stashed away in the woods somewhere!  Continued onto buzzard country seeing up to a dozen plus a couple of tortoiseshell butterflies and a brimstone, a nice surprise.

With such a fine afternoon, I obtained permission to go out again and went to look for the hoodie again but it was not in the usual field. I then went to the seawall and using the scope picked out 16 shoveler, 31 pintail amongst the c.400 wigeon, the sea was a flat calm also 42 g.c.grebes.  Phoned the sheep farmer to come and remove one of his sheep from the seawall! Then a call Mark Chidwick who was watching the hoodie back on the field again. Went back and hoping it might come closer for a better photo but not to be. It finally flew off in the direction of the Wye St farm copse at 4.30.

1 comment:

Warren Baker said...

Very nice Blue Tit, they look real good at this time of year, nice one :-)