Sunday, 25 March 2018

Firecrests arrive as Bluethroat departs

Having missed the local Bluethroat on Friday, we visited Dungeness this morning hoping that bird would stick around for at least another day. Unfortunately, after 3-4 hours of searching, it failed to appear.
The gorse bushes lining the gully were alive with Firecrests. Having heard several birds singing they began to show themselves among the gorse perching out in the open. A few newly arrived Chiffchaffs were also seen among the gorse for another year tick. Two Stonechats and several Linnets and Meadow Pipits were also seen. A calling peregrine was heard and then seen flying overhead and a Raven also flew overhead heading towards the pylons close to the power station.

A search of the lighthouse garden revealed even more Firecrests and two Black Redstarts were found among the power station compound. 

A brief visit along the track at Elmley produced sightings of Marsh Harrier, Redshank, Lapwing, Curlew, Linnet. Red-legged Partridge and a single Dunlin. A pair of Peregrine caused chaos as they hunted the area.

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