Sunday, 29 May 2016

It's not just a Hobby!

Having met up with Brian at 4am we headed off towards Dungeness hoping to find the Rosefinch from the previous day still on site. Unfortunately after having walked the moat around the obs and then the whole area around the trapping area and Long Pits there was no sight or sound of the bird. A Black Redstart was showing well on the power station wires but there was very little else.
A brief stop at Arc Pit produced Cuckoo and Marsh Harrier but again it was very quiet. We returned to the reserve to find the gate still locked, so decided to head for Galloways. Having only driven a short distance from the reserve Brian spotted a Hobby perched up on an old wooden building, using the car as a hide it allowed a close approach and gave fantastic views!

We left Dungeness and headed for Worth Marsh hoping to locate the Montagu's Harrier. Soon after arriving it was seen hunting the fields at the side of the railway tracks. It was soon mobbed by the local crows and it drifted across the tracks and out of view.
A brief detour before heading for Elmley in search of Spotted Flycatchers paid off when we managed to find a pair shortly after arriving at the site.

Spotted Flycatcher

The entrance track at Elmley proved relatively quiet.A Marsh Harrier dropped into the grass and showed well, before it was attacked by Lapwings trying to protect their young. Sadly for them the Harrier left with a youngster in it's talons.

Marsh Harrier

It took a while to locate any Yellow Wagtails but eventually a few were seen before we left for home.

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