Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Overdue update

Red necked grebe on the Long Pits

Since the death of my most recent camera I have taken very few pictures, only resorting to the origional Nickon on a handfull of occasions, hence the lack of any reacent updates. Whilst I wait to upload my most recent pictures, heres a few from the archives.... A Purple Sandpiper that I found on the outflow pipes at the end of Denge Marsh road (8th reserve record!)

A good start to the year at Dungeness with Novembers Shag still present daily on Burrowes pit and a Slavonian Grebe giving good views on New excavations, along with four Red crested Pochard and up to 21 Smew. January 16th saw 38 White fronted Geese drop in to roost on Burrowes pit (a group of 14 were present in the morning) a Dartford Warbler near the viewing ramp, and an adult Little Gull, a rare occurance during the winter, also on Burrowes. A 1st year Caspian Gull joined the gulls in the roost, and at sea thousands of Guillemot continue to pour westwards off of the point. Also off the reserve, the Red necked Grebe continues its stay on the long Pits.

A last visit to Norfolk proved very productive, with three patch ticks (Purple Sandpiper, Water pipit and Goosander) and the Cley White crowned Sparrow as well as Bittern, Lapland Buntings, Great Grey Shrike, Black Brant and extra Water Pipits at Cley. These take my Snettisham list to a total of 209 BOU, leaving Manx Shearwater as the most notable (and wanted) omission from the patch list!


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