Sunday 11 December 2011

North Kent 10th Dec

It was back to North Kent today for me and Mo for a site survey and once again not a bad haul for this Thames side marsh where we saw no fewer than 4 Marsh Harrier at least 2 Peregrine a single Short-eared owl and a female Merlin alongside 2 Common Buzzard and the usual Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

This juv Peregrine try's its luck with a lapwing but unsuccessfully!! at one stage the lapwing actually chased the Peregrine...

lapwing out-wits peregrine

fem Merlin

short-eared owl

On the river a couple of Red-throated divers past as well as several Kittiwake and a single female Goldeneye.



red-legged partridge

30 White-Fronted Geese came of near bye farmland and settled on the Thames.

Other notable birds were a single Corn Bunting and at least 15 Bearded Tit.

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