Saturday, 23 March 2013

No moths to report. However, I did visit Dungeness today. Conditions were not ideal with a freezing gale worsening during the day. On the ARC pit there were 4 Smew, including a Drake, plus 3 Great White Egrets. On the reserve a Goosander flew past the Visitor Centre and we also saw a Raven. The tame Fox was scavenging under the bird feeder, where there were a number of Reed Buntings. We failed with the Glaucous Gull but I did see my first Wheatear of the year by the fishing boats. Failed to see a Bittern again, but on Walland Marsh in the afternoon, near the model aircraft club, I had good views of the male Hen Harrier that's been around all winter. Further along the same road there was a Buzzard on a roadside post, and in a field where turnips had been put out to feed the sheep, there were no less than 7 White Wagtails, with a similar number of Pieds.   

Reed Buntings

Red Fox

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