Thursday, 5 March 2009

Is spring early?

In the garden this morning, hen Blackbirds are gathering nest material so to are Magpies, and Blue Tits are prospecting the nest boxes. By the amount of song and noise, Song Thrushes, Great spotted woodpeckers and Robins are plentiful. On the lawn which is frozen this morning at least 20 Yellowhammers and a solitary Reed Bunting are feeding on corn. And back-up on the feeders a handful of Goldfinches and 2 Siskins fight it out over the Nijer seed. Thats it for a week Lanzarote here we come!

Monday, 2 March 2009

Departing Brent Geese

Barmy warm sunny clear weather at Dungeness (February 28th)made it feel more May than March. On the sea by the fishing boats, a broad thinly populated raft stretching east to west of Great Crested Grebes fished leisurely. This flock must number thousands of birds and is considered the highest numbered winter flock in the British Isles. There are also a few Auks and Red-throated Divers mixed in too. A one hour sea watch saw two flocks of 40 -50 Dark bellied Brent Geese heading up channel on their first stage back to breeding grounds in the Siberian Tundra. A few Common Scoter were seen flying west, presumably rejoining the larger flocks in Camber Bay. On the ground, by the fishing boats, 20-30 Turnstones loitered on the foreshore and a pair of Skylarks were chasing around the boat and net area.