Saturday, 15 January 2011


Meeting Marc at just after 7.15 a.m. this morning it was fairly obvious that it was going to be very hard work.  Two Woodcocks whizzed around and we started to walk down to the sea wall via the railway and riding stables a single Sparrowhawk made an appearance and the first of 3 Green woodpeckers made the notebook.  The HOODED CROW was spotted by Marc with a gang of his new friends and as we reached the riding stables a Peregrine was showing off to a few Crows and when we reached the sea wall we were thrilled to see 4 Curlews as this was a year tick for us both. (Hope you've noticed the irony).  Our walk along the sea wall was significant as there was nearly as many dogs as birds. Highlight (honest) was a juvenile Kittiwake but just for the record we recorded c200 Wigeon, 58 Oystercatchers and an impressive 48 Shelduck and 8 Redshank at Cold Harbour.  The walk inland along the railway embankment was a bit like the Somme but the adrenalin pumped when we saw 2 Shovelers to add to our year lists.  We returned to our cars at just after 11.00 a.m. and another weekend with the Rough Legged Buzzard still AWOL .

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