Lesser Florican - August 2023

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Friday 23 March 2012

The Patch 23/3/12

A total of 3 hours (6.00-7.30 then 9.00-10.30) seawatching this morning in two stints with a break in the middle up Seaford Head. Totals for Splash are:

Black-throated Diver - 1
Red-throated Diver - 4
Common Scoter - 91
Brent Geese - 332
Shelduck - 8
Teal - 2
Gannet - 72
Red-breasted Merganser - 7
Sandwich Tern - 16

On Seaford Head this female Sparrowhawk performed well trying to get a Dunnock in a dense bush allowing very close views. Also there was a Wheatear and 2 Black Redstarts.

Thursday 22 March 2012

Splash Point 22/3/12


Velvet Scoter - 1
Little Gull - 1
Sandwich Tern - 5
Red-throated Diver - 2
Gannet - 147
Common Scoter - 8
Red-breasted Merganser - 7W
Razorbill - 7
Guillemot - 3
Auk sp. - 20
Shelduck - 1

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Seaford Head 21/3/12

Very quiet on the patch this morning with hardly any new arrivals, however I did find an adult Iceland Gull on the sheep field at 7.43am. It stayed around for a couple of minutes before flying south west and out of view.
Elsewhere on the head there was a Black Redstart near the wood, a Chiffchaff, 2 Brent Geese in the Cuckmere and a Buzzard over.

adult Iceland Gull on Seaford Head
Black Redstart on Seaford Head
'dodgy' Peregrine over.

Monday 19 March 2012

Dorset 19/3/12

A nice day down in Dorset today with a couple target birds to get.
First up was the Richard's Pipit at Wyke Regis at the Bridging Camp. I walked the area several times including the rough field but I ddn't locate it, however a Black Redstart and Firecrest were seen.

I then parked up at The Value House and walked to the row of trees lining the Holiday Camp in search of the Hume's Warbler. I walked one stretch but couldn't find it, so I walked round the corner to search for the Pipit again and thankfully I heard the call as the Richard's Pipit flew over me and landed in the compound. A brief view on the ground was had before it flew off.

Back at the Hume's, I started in the SE corner and thankfully found someone looking at the bird, and soon after I was soon looking at a Hume's Warbler. I watched it for about an hour before having a full english breakfast at the Value House.

Portland Bill was next but not much was noted. A thin scatter of Wheatears were present and Shags were on the cliffs. Afterwards I had another look at the Richard's Pipit and had great prolonged views of the bird feeding.

I decided to head home after a successful day, and soon learnt that 2 Spoonbills were in the Cuckmere. Traffic was pretty good and I managed to see the Spoonbills from Seaford Head as they fed on the scrape.
Hume's Warbler at Wyke Regis
Richard's Pipit at Wyke Regis
2 Spoonbills on the scrape, Cuckmere.

Sunday 18 March 2012

Seaford Head 18/3/12

More cracking weather meant Seaford Head was on the cards this morning. Totals consisted of 3 Black Redstarts including a stunning male, 6 Wheatears, 1 Mediterranean Gull over and 48 Brent Geese over.

Peregrine on Seaford Head
Wheatear on Seaford Head

Thursday 15 March 2012

Splash Point 15/3/12

A great morning down Splash today from 6.00-9.00 before work with finally a decent movement of Brent and a few nice year ticks as well. Totals are:

Brent Geese - 1743
Little Gull - 2
Sandwich Tern - 6
Common Scoter - 127
Teal - 4
Shelduck - 14
Shoveler - 7
Red-breasted Merganser - 5
Mallard - 1
Gannet - 55
Mediterranean Gull - 4
Avocet - 2
Red-throated Diver - 4
Auk - 2

Also up on the cliffs above Splash was this lovely male Wheatear.

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Past few days

Today a quick hour down Splash Point produced singles of Great Northern and Black-throated Divers, and several Red-throated Divers offshore (Great Northern very close inshore). Not much else of note except a Red-legged Partridge running along the beach (my second patch record).

At the weekend I visited Hampshire for what feels like the 100th time this year. Started off near Hurstbourne Tarrant and eventually found 2 Willow Tits, and close by 5 Red Kites in the distance. One of the Willow Tits was in full song.

Afterwards I visited Hordle in the New Forest and saw the Rose-coloured Starling.

Rose-coloured Starling in Hants.

Tuesday 6 March 2012

Essex & Surrey 6/3/12

A good mornings birding starting in Maldon, Essex for the drake Green-winged Teal. Eventually found the place and soon found the bird mixed in with Eurasian Teal.

On my return home I stopped off at Staines Reservoirs and found a great selection of wildfowl. Most impressive was a redhead Smew and a drake Scaup and 5 Black-necked Grebes with 1 bird in full breeding plumage.
However spread across the two reservoirs were a total of 48 Goldeneye, very impressive. Also 4 Ring-necked Parakeets were perched up along the roadside.

Green-winged Teal in Essex

Thursday 1 March 2012

Hooded Merganser 1/3/12

Saw the female Hooded Merganser at Whelsted GPs in Kent this morning with Jake and Mick. Quite a nice looking bird with a freaky haircut. Not much else about but was great to walk about in warm weather.

Hooded Merganser

Whelsted GPs in Kent