Sunday, 9 January 2011


After yesterday's desperate conditions it was fortunately much brighter, clearer and crisper at Reculver today.  On our walk down to Cold Harbour 15 Mute Swans were mooching around in the fields by the Oyster Farm.  Two big gangs of Cormorant numbering 70+ each time and similar numbers of Lapwing flew over the Towers.  Six Carrion Crows made the notebook but the 'Hoodie' seems to have moved on to pastures new.  Redshank, Turnstone, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover and over 20 Oystercatcher fed happily on the beach but still no Knot or Curlew for the year list.  The obligatory Little Grebes and Egret plus approximately 200 Wigeon at Cold Harbour were joined by 20 Shelduck.  We soon found the 3 SHORELARKS and Marc fired off a few photographs but muttered about the light to himself.  On our walk back we met Ann and Chris and about 10 other birders on a pilgrimage to see and photograph the Shorelarks.  For a decent image of them check out the KOS website and view Mark Chidwick's pics.  We set up at Brook in the hope of finding the Rough-Legged Buzzard but again were unlucky.  However, 2 Marsh Harriers were seen, and Marc picked up a Ring-tail HEN HARRIER which was a very welcome addition to the year list .... and Jay.  A very enjoyable session was had by all.

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