Bedgebury, whilst cyling without bins still produced a few bits and pieces, 2 Roe Deer ran across in front of us and I heard SISIKINS and CROSSBILLS as well as lots of COAL TITS and GOLDCREST. The walk round the patch didn't bring any new birds for the year but it was nice that the good flock of YELLOWHAMMERS was still around, there were also 30 SISKIN by the stream. Otherwise it was much of the same, MARSH TIT, TREECREEPERS, NUTHATCH, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL flew south and around 20 BLACK HEADED GULLS were over the fields.
Sunday afternoon I headed to Dungeness to look for Dotterel and Caspian Gull. I had a quick look at Lydd Airport where there were a few GOLDEN PLOVER, LAPWING, RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE and around 100 CURLEWS. Just before reaching the RSPB reserve, there were a few birders looking towards the reserve, I waited with them for a few minutes but while I was there the Dotterel didn't appear but the first of 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS was sat near Boulderwall Farm. A quick stop to get a better look at the Great White proved fruitless as it disappeared in to a ditch but I did see MARSH HARRIER and had some good views of the well watched TREE SPARROWS at Boulderwall.
Next stop was the southern end of ARC, there were good numbers of SHOVELER, POCHARD and GADWALL, there were a few GOLDENEYE and the second GREAT WHITE EGRET was seen with a couple of LITTLE EGRETS.
|Great White and Little Egret|
With Caspian Gull being the main target I spent sometime checking the roosting gulls, the GLAUCOUS GULL was found quickly but no luck with Caspian.
The journey back across Walland Marsh found the BEWICK'S SWANS in residence, I counted 54 with just 6 young birds in amongst them.
At the Woolpack there was a COMMON BUZZARD next to the lane as I approached. I waited with Trevor and Margaret Ford on the bank to see what came in to roost. BEARDED TITS called from the reeds and 2 MARSH HARRIERS were seen but didn't hang around, generally it was not half as busy as it sometimes can be. It was a good afternoon despite not finding the birds I had hoped for, as ever it didn't really matter :-)