Saturday, 17 November 2012


This morning the People's Front (Paul) headed off to Pagham Harbour whilst the Popular Front (sh4rpy, Brendan, Ephraim) went off to Theale Gravel Pits in Berkshire.
After some lunch time reconciliation talks at my house the United Front (Paul, sh4rpy, Brendan, Ephraim) travelled over to Kent.

Paul connected with the female Hooded Merganser at Pagham whilst Brendan, Ephraim and myself also connected with our target bird a Great Northern Diver at Theale Gravel Pits near Reading.
We then all met up at my house and went over to Dungeness. We went straight to the lighthouse keepers garden where we soon connected with the mostly elusive Pallas's Warbler. I say mostly elusive as on 3 occassions it popped up in front of us less than 10 feet away but only for what seemed a fraction of a second. After having some fun trying to predict where this elusive but very active bird would pop up we decided to head over to the raptor roost on the Isle of Sheppey. We did have a quick scan of three groups of gulls near the fishing boats but no sign of the Glaucous Gull.
At the Capel Fleet Raptor Roost we noted the following, Marsh Harrier (c16), Merlin, Kestrel, Barn Owl, Bearded Tit (heard), Water Rail (squealing).

On the motorway near Ashford Brendan spotted a single Waxwing perched in a dead tree

Ephraim's account of todays events can be seen here

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