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Friday, 16 March 2012

East Kent Ramble (Part 2) - Spring is a-coming

Sunday morning (11th) was bright and sunny and I offered to drive the parents to Sandwich Bay, hoping to connect with the pair of Common Cranes that had been seen on Worth Marshes. We went via Samphire Hoe of course....

Unfortunately the Short-Toed Treecreeper had departed overnight but it was nice to catch up with GB, IR, MC, KP & DB along with a handful of other birders who had come from much further afield - Gloucestershire being one County mentioned. We had to make do with a lone Kestrel, while others had 1-2 Firecrests along the railway line.

Moving along the coast to Deal and then along the Ancient Highway to the Sandwich Bay Estate, we met up with PP who had a clear but distant view of the 2 Common Cranes on Worth Marshes. We soon got on the birds, a nice sight. There was also a large number of Starlings, single Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier and Sparrowhawk, plus 3 Grey Herons, a Curlew and 2 Green Woodpeckers.

We then followed PP to the Restharrow Scrape hide, where between us, we managed to locate 4 of the 5 Garganeys reported (2 pairs), the first genuine summer migrant of the year. A number of shots were rattled off, PP gaining the best results. Plenty of the usual duck species also present, while a second Sparrowhawk flew north. An enjoyable chat ended with a cracking White Wagtail that pitched down on the nearest island for several more birders to enjoy. A good little visit to a very little hide.

Three of the four Garganey seen on Restharrow Scrape around midday.

This White Wagtail also appeared while we were in the hide watching the Garganey.

Back on the road and home towards Ashford, we first called in at Godmersham, where we noted a male Grey Wagtail along the river Stour, plus a Pied for good measure. Final port of call was Eastwell Lake where amongst the usual suspects, we had a preening Coal Tit, a Common Buzzard, and another much closer view of the female Red-crested Pochard from the road bridge, rounding off another enjoyable weekend.

The female Red-crested Pochard has reappeared on Eastwell Lake - showing well today!

1 comment:

  1. Yep! wont be long now Neil, and we'll be seeing all sorts of spring birds :-)

    nice that you found the Cranes :-)