|Amanda, Alan and Rich - Pett Level|
This weekend Lori and I spent our time with our good friends Alan and Amanda in East Sussex. We departed Woking at about 06:30am and arrived just after 08:00am. We hit the road soon after and headed for Pett Level, located along the south coast; southwest of Rye. Here we checked the fields for wildfowl and waders.
|Pink-footed Goose (Greylag Goose left)|
Our target birds were 4 Pink-footed Geese that had been reported mixed in with some White-fronted Geese and Brent Geese. It only took about 20 minutes to locate these scarce winter visitors which was a great start to the day; being lifers for both Lori and me. Other species of note here were good numbers of Curlew (50) and Marsh Harrier (1).
After making a few more stops, including getting my lifer Bar-tailed Godwit, and a feeder station where we got Tree Sparrow, we headed to RSPB Dungerness in Kent.
|Glad to be home|
Here we spent our time moving from hide to hide, scanning through the wildfowl. Birds of note was a single Long-tailed Duck, Goldeneye, Marsh Harrier, Reed Bunting and Black-tailed Godwit. Next we headed down to the power station at Dungerness (famous for breeding Black Redstart) to do a sea watch. Here we got great views of Gannet, Kittiwake and Guillemot.
En-route home we stopped to scan through a flock of Barnacle Geese. Though there is a feral population of these geese, there is a good chance that some of these individuals are legitimate wild birds. Here we also located a group of Golden Plover, Dunlin and Ringed Plover.
Though it was a little cold and windy today, we were very lucky that the rain didn't start until 3:30pm. The following day I got up early and sneaked out to Alan's hide where I got killer views of Yellowhammer. A great weekend with cool birds and great company.