Wednesday, 4 December 2013

This morning,I went to Reculver with Bob Bland,Trevor Maynard,Jeff Wynn,Trevor Graves and Pete Tyler.We went there with the primary aim of seeing Snow Bunting and Pale-bellied Brent.Trevor Graves in particular wanted to see Snow Bunting,as its one of his bogie birds and only just recently he had missed seeing the birds on Sheppey,at Shellness.

After we had slogged all the way along the beach to Coldharbour and back again,without even a sniff of a Snow Bunting,Trevor was feeling a bit dejected,but it was to get worse.While the rest of us were enjoying our well earned lunch on the benches near the car park,Trevor walked off to spend a penny in the nearby toilets.However,while he was in there,four Snow Buntings suddenly flew up from a bit of rough grass behind the toilets,passed over our heads and then off in the direction to where we had been searching for them all morning.

After lunch we did all agree to walk back along the beach a bit to try and locate them for him,but I`m afraid without any luck.As Trevor said after,`there`s always another day`.

In all I saw about forty species,with birds of note being - Black Redstart 1,Rock Pipit 1,Linnet 60,Stonechat 2,Little Egret 2,Kestral 1,Marsh Harrier 1,Grey Wagtail 1 and Snow Bunting 4.

We did see the Brent flock,but the geese were sitting on the water way off in the distance and there was no chance of us picking out the pale-bellied birds,even with a scope.

I then went to Foreness with Bob and Pete.When we arrived the tide was still out,so we had some difficulty in finding our target species Purple Sandpiper,as they fed in among the rocks and seaweed.All in all though,it proved to be another nice day,spent as usual in good company.

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