Monday, 4 September 2017

Successful South-East circumnavigation

Juvenile Baird's Sandpiper at Cuckmere Haven.

Today I did a dawn-to-dusk, 260-mile birding loop of Kent and East Sussex, logging 97 species in the process. The showy juvenile Baird's Sandpiper at Cuckmere Haven was the grand finale of a day which produced a total of 21 shorebird species, including Pectoral Sandpiper at Dungeness and two Little Stints, eight Curlew Sandpipers and a late juvenile Little Ringed Plover

Juvenile Curlew Sandpipers in reflective early morning light at Oare Marshes.
Other highlights included Great Egret, Garganey, an early Merlin at Oare Marshes, a late Common Swift, two Bearded Reedlings and the bizarre sight at Scotney Gravel Pits of a feral flock of 140+ Barnacle Geese with five blue-morph Snow Geese in tow.

Barnacle Geese with one of the five blue-morph Snow Geese at Scotney Gravel Pits. With more than 140 of the former present, this population is presumably self sustaining and 'countable' in Category C.

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