Thursday, 16 March 2017

March 16th
On yet another mild and sunny morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and then visited Reculver on the way home. We counted 16 Yellowhammers, 1 Tree Sparrow, 7 Chiffchaffs moving inland from the coast, 26 Corn Buntings, 14 Chaffinches, 3 Red-legged Partridges, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Lapwings, 13 Linnets, 21 Fieldfares, 1 Golden Plover, 17 Mallard, 3 Shelduck, 42 Sanderling, 1 Redshank, 38 Oystercatchers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Turnstone and 1 Rock Pipit.
At Reculver we found 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 2 Pied Wagtails having a confrontation with a passing male White Wagtail. As we were leaving the local Herring Gulls alerted us to a Red Kite flying W towards Bishopstone and soon after we got home it flew high over our house. Later a Common Buzzard also flew over.

Migrant Chiffchaff

Red Kite

Derek Smith was also out this morning and between 0630 and 0930 he walked from Shuart to Plumpudding and along the railway embankment. He saw 2 Marsh Harriers, 19 Fieldfares N, 12 Redwings N. 1 Grey Wagtail W, 6 Rock Pipits, 5 Cetti's Warblers, 18 Chiffchaffs and 15 Corn Buntings.

Grey Wagtail - Derek Smith

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