Sunday, 4 October 2009

Fan Tailed.....Whatever!

For the 2nd time in 8 days I spent a few fruitless hours at Pegwell Bay looking for a funny foreign bird with a dodgy name. This time accompanied by Hawky and Dick we gave it our best shot but the Sodding Cisticola was nowhere to be found.

After a short stop at Grove Ferry which produced Peregrine, Marsh Harrier and Hobby we headed to Dunge to give the Glossy Ibis a go.

Passing H on the way in he informed us that the Ibis were tucked away in a gully and he had not seen them. Up we strolled to the viewing point to surprisingly find all 5 Glossy Ibis together out in the open. A quick call and H was back 10 minutes later.

Sparrowhawk and Merlin added to the impressive raptor species day list, before we headed over towards the main reserve. An hour or so spent in and around the Hanson Hide produce further Hobby, Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier as well as Pintail and Ruddy Duck. We finished off with 5 Tree Sparrows in the car park.
Oh well, no Fan Tailed Warbler again. I'll just have to wait till it starts singing next Spring to go back again.

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