Sunday, 22 April 2012

21st April A cold day in Kent

An early start without "the old man" who was laid up for the weekend saw us arrive at Dungeness for 7am. A little sea watching disappointed despite a good crowd all we saw were a few Scoters, Gannets, Grebes, Gulls and Common Terns. Bitterly cold with a southerly wind it was more like January than the end of April. We took to lower ground and headed off for the moat around the bird observatory where we located five male Wheatear. After stopping to watch the Wheatear feed for half an hour we carried on around the moat and soon located a Firecrest. We plotted up on the footpath and watched the bird for a while and soon had a crowd of birders gathering for a glimpse of this little gem. A right little cracker! After stopping to search out the Glauc Gull we headed off to the RSPB reserve.

Good views of Little ringed plover, A nice small copper butterfly, loads of Sedge Warblers singing and good displays from the Marsh Harriers but very little else to report. We took a drive down the back of Denge Marsh hoping for Whinchat but had no joy so headed off home after a quiet and cold mornings birding on the Kent coast....Nothing new to add for the year but some good views of birds already listed and my first Small Copper of 2012

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