Sunday, 20 December 2015

Glossy Ibis at Pett Level, East Sussex

Having failed miserably on two occasions to connect with the Glossy Ibis at Wat Tyler CP earlier this year, we decided to try our luck at Pett Levels this morning. Arriving at first light we drove along Pett level road looking for the Coot flock that the bird had been associating with. Finally they were found at the far end and soon afterwards so was the Ibis. 
The bird moved around among the Coot's and would disappear among the channels and ditches from time to time. Along with the Ibis a Barn Owl and a pair of Marsh Harriers were seen hunting along the far hedge line. In the same fields as the Coot's were a large flock of Lapwing and Curlew with several Ruff feeding among them. 

Next stop was Dungeness NNR hoping to connect with the Long-eared Owl. that had first been reported on the 25th of November. The bird was still present and as luck would have it had decided to roost at the front edge of the bushes giving superb scope views! 

Making our way to the Makepiece hide, we were put onto a 2nd winter Caspian Gull by Martin Casemore (Plodding Birder) finder of the Acadian Flycatcher!

2nd winter Caspian Gull

At the fishing boats we found a 1st winter Caspian Gull taking advantage of the bread being thrown out by locals. This looked a much larger bird than the 2nd winter seen earlier. 

1st winter Caspian Gull
A brief sea watch followed before leaving for home. Several Red-throated Divers on the sea close in and a single Slavonian Grebe close being the highlights. 

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