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4:50AM

Off the beaten track

Yesterday, three of us visited the remote area of farmland behind Scotney gravel pit, starting from the small carpark in Dennes Lane Lydd; a circular walk of seven miles that is always interesting.

A chilly morning, and it took some time to see anything more than 3 Corn Buntings [2 singing] and 4 Stonechats, but when we got to  the ruins of Little Scotney we found 15 Tree Sparrows in the trees, and were quite close to an unexpected 30 Bewick's Swans. Raptors were 3 Marsh Harriers, a Buzzard and a Peregrine; a pair of Ravens headed inland. However the highlight was a flock of at least 50 Corn Buntings briefly perched on the wires near the water treatment works, the most I've seen in the Dungeness area for many years.

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