Thursday, 6 November 2014

Desert Wheatear & " Flying Lemon " at Reculver

Desert Wheatear on sea wall.

News of a Desert Wheatear being found along the sea wall 200m from the Towers at Reculver had me grabbing my birding gear and heading straight over there , a quick walk along the sea wall and there it was in all it's glory , a cracking looking Desert Wheatear  , this is my 2nd one i have been lucky enough to have seen  in Kent and both have been at Reculver.

Lovely colours on this bird.

Black legs.

Black throat patch.

Black Tail with buff coloured rump.

Desert Wheatear.

The Desert Wheatear showed very well along the sea wall however it was often flushed by either bike riders or Dog walkers , it flew inland a few times before finally settling on the rocks the seaward side of the path. Other birds of note were a single Black Redstart by the Oyster farm plus a single Pale Bellied Brent Goose among approx 400 Dark Bellied Brent Geese .

I spent a couple of hours at Reculver then headed home and whilst sorting through my photos news of a Little Auk on the sea by Reculver Towers had my setting off back there to try and see the " Flying Lemon " ,  ( if you don't know that is what Little Auks are nicknamed as looking like in flight ) .

Little Auk .

Digi-scoped Little Auk.

Great scope views of the Little Auk were obtained and a cracking bird to add onto both my Year and Reculver list.