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I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Sunday 2nd December - Pett and Dunge

Started off with a quick look at Pett Pools Pete Rouse, Cliff Dean, and the usual birds  - a couple of Marsh Harriers, loads of Canada and Greylag Geese and still no Whitefronts. A Woodcock came in off the sea landed in the reeds for a couple of minutes then headed off inland.

Over to Walland Marsh to look for the reported Waxwings and as usual no sign. At Midley a flock of 30 Tree Sparrows was nice.

Tree Sparrows

House Sparrow
 Also several House Sparrows and Chaffinches,. while watching three other birders stopped to see what I was looking at, all hoping for Waxwings.

Further down the road 38 Bewicks were amoung the Mute Swans
From here onto Dungeness, from the causeway a Great White Egret was on New Diggings also the juvenile Blak-throated Diver which gave me another year tick.

Black-throated Diver
 At the fishing boats the 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was easily found this time, now looking even paler hope he stays till next winter.

Glaucous Gull 3rd winter





 On the sea loads of Guillemots and at least one Razorbill, Great Crested Grebes, two distant Red-throated Divers

Red-throated Diver
  Back along Walland Marsh still hundreds of winter Thrushes, mainly Fieldfares and still no Waxwings
Fieldfare
 A decision to go to Eastbourne to look for the Waxwings there was aborted in the afternoon due to heavy traffic, so settled with a dog walk along the prom at Bexhill, only birds of interest were the Pied Wagtails against the sun set

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