Saturday, 10 January 2009

Baby it's cold outside

Lapwings are a common bird round Kent but for some reason we see very few in St Margaret's.

For the last couple of days I've noticed one or two on the field along Dover Road, and today a further eight flew over, when I was looking towards Hogsbush from Collingwood Road.

As the grass thawed a little, well it did warm to about 1 deg C this afternoon, I noticed a few Rabbits venturing out to feed.

Along the Ancient Highway there were numerous Snipe out in the fields.

I imagine that probing the ground must be difficult at the moment. Although the bill looks solid, the tip it is flexible and has a lot of sensitive nerves at the tip to help it find its food. The last thing a Snipe would want to do is damage the bill by trying to poke it into concrete like soil. A few Grey Partridges were calling as I watched the Snipe, but they hurried by without waiting for a photo-call.

On the way back I took a look at the Undercliff area at Kingsdown and re-connected with the male Black Redstart for the first time in 2009. It was on the fence as I arrived, but dropped down to feed and didn't reappear. There was also a Ringed Plover on the beach here, a bird I haven't seen at this site before.

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