Sunday, 6 October 2013

Capel Fleet and Restharrow Scrape

Adult Lesser Grey Shrike.

A trip to Capel Fleet on the Isle of Sheppy this morning produced good views of the recently found Lesser Grey Shrike , this is the 2nd one of these i have seen in Kent the first being at Sandwich bay many years ago ,  it spent most  of its time in the hedge row and although some what distant great scope views were obtained , every so often the Lesser Grey Shrike would fly into the field and forage and then fly back to its favored bushes , really smart bird .

Grey Heron at Restharrow.

I didn't have a lot of time spare today so after approx half an hour i left the Shrike and headed to Sandwich Bay in the hope of seeing the Jack Snipe which had been showing on and off from the hide , i duly arrived at Restharrow and was pleased to met up with Martyn Wilson and Steve Ashton , Martyn very kindly got my scope on the Jack Snipe for me as for love nor money could i pick it out with my bins , it was much closer than i thought but was very well hidden , i did manage a quick glimpse of its small bill on one occasion , and you could just about see its back and side of its face , it often " bobbed up and down " however despite how close it was i never managed a photo , there were several Teal , Moorhen and single Grey Heron and Little Egret, i spent about 40 minutes here before time call up with me and headed of home with two very good birds on the year list .

Another pic of the Grey Heron.