Saturday, 1 January 2011


 An early start again meeting Marc in a quiet lay by to start the New Year off with a LONG EARED OWL.  Heathy had earlier "cruised" the lanes in search of a Barn Owl but was unsuccessful.  Arriving at a very gloomy and overcast Reculver Towers rafts of duck were sitting happily on the sea, mainly Wigeon but a few Mallard were interspersed.  A group of 12 Shelduck were noted as 20 Ringed Plover, c40 Dunlin and 20 Grey Plover were feeding on the beach.  On our walk we found a group of 5 SNOW BUNTINGS feeding happily and approaching Cold Harbour the 3 SHORELARKS were spotted allowing Marc the opportunity to take some photographs.  The long staying HOODED CROW was sighted feeding with approximately 10 Carrion Crows on the beach at Cold Harbour.  A single Eider flew past and over 50 Red Throated Divers sped high westwards in groups of c20.  Walking inland a single LAPLAND BUNTING called and was seen flying over the Oyster Farm.  Approaching the Railway Crossing 3 Waxwings were seen in a tree, which made Marc's day only to be very disappointed as he approached for the obligatory photographs for a Sparrowhawk to send them fleeing quickly towards the Sea Wall.  I did point out to Heathy that a Sparrowhawk didn't understand English or swearing.  Hoping to find Fieldfare inland we had to make do with just a Greenfinch.  Matt and Chris Hindle joined us on the Green Wall and SPOTTED REDSHANK, 4 TREE SPARROWS and c6 BEARDED TITS made the notebook. 

After lunch a quick look at Brook enabled us to add Tufted Duck, Pochard, Mistle Thrush and Chaffinch which made the total up to 70 for the day.  A quick trip along the Thanet Way gave us the opportunity to add Rook, Long-Tailed Tit and sadly Feral Pigeon.  The rain and gloom finally got the better of us and we finished the day at approximately 2.00 p.m. with a decent total of 73 species - with some glaring errors notably Wren!  A really good day despite the  miserable conditions.

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