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Monday, 15 April 2013

What A Weekend !!! Serin & Ring-necked Duck finds

Record shots of the cracking drake Ring-necked Duck that I found on the main lake at Conningbrook GP's, Ashford, yesterday lunchtime (14th April). I have finally found a rare bird on the local patch !!!

Conningbrook GP, 11:00 to 14:00
3 Mute Swans, 2 Gadwall (a pair), 1 Ring-necked Duck (cracking drake on the main lake with the Tufted Ducks), 90 Tufted Duck (circa, including 1 hybrid bird - showing Tufted x Pochard characteristics), 1 Great Crested Grebe (middle lake), 2 Grey Herons, 1 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel (KP also saw a Hobby.), 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Skylark (singing), 2 Sand Martins, 10+ Swallows, 1 House Martin, 5+ Blackcaps (3 males in a small flock), 5+ Chiffchaff (incl 3 singers), 2+ Willow Warblers (singing ), 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Chaffinches, c40 Linnets, 2 Yellowhammers, 3 Reed Buntings (1 singing male).

Not bad for a quick run out with Angela locally to find some summer migrants !!! Some frantic phones calls to the parents and local birders plus further texts and tweets resulted in some happy faces too.

Some great photos of the RND can also be found here:

Saturday 13th April: The other great find of the weekend!!!

Dungeness RSPB Reserve, 08:30 to 13:00

3 Goldeneyes (Females on Burrowes Pit), 1 Red-throated Diver (oiled summer plumage bird on ARC), 1+ Great White Egret (Cockles Bridge & New Diggings), 2 Little Egrets, 3 Marsh Harriers, 1 Sparrowhawk (ARC), 2 Oystercatchers (ARC south), 1 Green Woodpecker (ARC), 1 Sand Martin (ARC south end with several Swallows and House Martins), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2+ Chiffchaff (ARC Water Tower), 2+ Willow Warblers (ARC Water Tower), 1 Bearded Tit (Female - screen hide), 2 Tree Sparrows (Boulderwall Farm), 1 Raven over ARC Pit. 5 Yellow and 1 White Wagtails by visitor centre.

Dungeness Point, 09:00 to 11:00
7 Common Scoter, 1 Great Skua (flying east past the fishing boats), 1 Kittiwake (Immature on the beach), 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Skylark (heard), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Black Redstart (male), 1 Stonechat (male), 8+ Wheatears, 1 Ring Ouzel (cracking male bird by Railway Station), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrests (in Gorse bushes by Railway Station).

But the star bird was...

A male SERIN, found by myself - seen flying into a bramble bush next to a singing Dunnock, near the New Lighthouse by the 5th Quarter shop. The bird then dropped down, feeding on the ground with House Sparrows. Several flights around the local area, calling and showing off the yellow rump before heading off towards the Old Lighthouse and the Power Station. Seen by c11 birders in total.

A great morning session with Angela and the parents before the afternoon rain hit with a vengeance.


  1. Well done Neil,
    Bet that gives you the inspiration to get out even more!

  2. The beauty of patch watching, you just never know. Well done.

  3. Well done Neil, great find, the patch can be really rewarding, sometimes it just takes time :-)

  4. Nice one Neil, and having just returned from Cornwall and Devon and missed out on both RN Ducks there I was glad to get the news that one was so close to home, and managed a late afternoon trip out your local patch to connect with the cracking bird.

    Nice one!