Sunday 13th November 2011, 7am to 12.15pm. Not half so busy as last week but not too bad. There was nothing much at all on the sea, the marsh and pools came more into there own with five differerent Marsh Harriers hunting over the marsh and the pools, two adult males in view at the same time and three cream heads through the course of the morning. Two of the harriers spooked a Bittern out of its hiding place before it dived back into the reeds in the north eastern side of the third pool. Other birds of note included a male Snow Bunting on the sea wall, six W.F.Geese feeding on the marsh two fields back from the first two western pools and four Bearded Tit in the reed bed to the west side of the west pool. There are still an easterly movement of Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet, with the Goldfinch making up 90 percent of the numbers. To end this report there were four Ruff mixed in with the Lapwing, Curlew, Turnstone and Golden Plover in the fields just before you get to the pools, from the smugglers end. Good bird watching Pete,
Archive for November 13th, 2011
Approx. 3,000 Golden Plover and 1,000 Lapwing have been trying to roost again on Flat Beach, but were constantly disturbed by invisible raptors… Spectacular aerobatics and whooshing of wings but I found it impossible to capture on video - the best was these birds trying to settle on the Wader Pool. Also drake Scaup at Ternery Pool.
Highlight of the day by far was a rough-legged buzzard over Denge Marsh which was last seen flying over Dungeness Road. Other sightings over Denge Marsh included a bittern and one of the two great white egrets, the other being on ARC along with two other bitterns. The long-tailed duck was still at the ARC site and a short-eared owl was seen near the Water Tower as well as a single bullfinch. The two black redstarts were still around the visitor centre and the car park. Also 150 golden plover were on Denge Marsh, six long-tailed tits and three redpolls were at ARC and five snipe outside Firth hide.
Large flocks of Swallows (approx 30), Goldfinches (50-100), Pied Wagtail (about 50) and Starlings (50-100) gathered on Galley Hill Common over w/e of 5th/6th November. About 40 Brent Geese flew in an easterly direction just off-shore.