Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Just Birding

1st. 2015

After a busy evening and early morning I managed a few hours sleep and allowed out for three hours on the morning of the 1st before more family commitments. It was just a prowl around Whitstable, starting at Swalecliffe then onto the woods where the day before sported all the goodies but this morning, none! Finishing at Seasalter I only managed to see 53 sp..

The Last Few Days

A few more outings locally produced, peregrine, bullfinch plus three marsh harriers (hunting together) over the plots.  Along the seashore the dunlin and sanderling roost kept interest alive plus a group of c.65 barwits were just off the outfall. Sanderling numbers have been good this winter with twelve seen on the 5th.  A couple of trips to Stodmarsh were rewarded with bittern views on both occasions plus marsh harriers and a few redpolls in the wood.

I have also called in at Hampton a few times finding just three purple sandpipers recently and a walk along the prom as far as the Coastguard cottages revealed 85 turnstones, 65 ringed plovers, 7 sanderling, redshanks  and 18 linnets.  Today, (6th) I escaped from the twins for an hour and found the Mediterranean gull at Hampton which landed on the sea in the corner by the outfall.

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