Saturday, 20 October 2012

Swale kinda Goose

A trip to South Swale NR near Faversham with Paul. We arrived at the Sportsman Pub and parked nearby. We then made our way west along the sea wall for about a mile and a half. We joined a handful of other birders enjoying good views of a Red-breasted Goose busily feeding amongst the hundreds of Brent Geese. On our way back to Paul's van we were entertained by c20 Bearded Tit "pinging" in the reedbed.
We then made our way to Dungeness stopping off at Mcdonalds on the way (yum-yum). Our first port of call (un-intentional pun) was the fishing boats. Here we searched for the returning Glaucous Gull. No joy here but we did catch up with the Glaucous Gull in amongst Herring, Great-black Backed and Lesser-black Backed gulls on the shingle towards the lighthouse. In the Lighthouse Garden we noted Blackcap (m and f), Chiffchaff, Common Redstart. Then a brief seawatch produced; Arctic Skua, Guillemot, Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Common Scoter. Also here 3 Harbour Porpoise.
The observatory moat was next up. We began scanning the bushes in the moat. Just Chiffchaff and Goldcrest here. We met up with some other birders who said that a Pallas's Warbler had beed reported in the ringing area. Not being familiar with the ringing area we followed them over to the ringing area. We spent a good deal of time searching but could not locate the Pallas's or the Yellow Browed Warblers that had beed reported in this area. We headed back across the shingle to continue our scanning of the moat a Sparrowhawk was seen on route. Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Blackcap and Song Thrush were noted in the bushes. We also connected with 2 Ring Ouzel although they were elusive. Time for home now so no time to visit the RSPB or ARC reserves.
Pics below; Red-breasted Goose at South Swale NR, Bearded Tit at Swale NR, Glaucous Gull at Dungeness, Ring Ouzel at Dungeness Bird Observatory, Chiffchaff at Dungeness Bird Observatory.

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