Sunday, 24 April 2011

Vagrant Emperor

Dungeness - mild, hazy sunshine, n1 - 0630hrs - Had a spin around the point with Steve from London who`s staying with us for a couple of days with the family. A brief seawatch from the concrete road revealed a few passing Gannets and a single pale phase Arctic Skua amongst the milling Sandwich Terns. A porpoise was taking advantage of the shoals of mackerel currently off shore. Shortie the Glaucous Gull was still holding court by the boats.
Joined Gullman by the seawatch hide and had a quick look at the gulls, terns and Gannets plundering a large shoal of fish, while a small flock of Eiders passed within the cardinal buoy.
1000hrs A good catch in the garden moth trap last night, the highlight being Scorched Carpet.
Springfield Bridge - 1300hrs - Big Al and Lucy joined me for a dragonfly twitch this afternoon at Springfield Bridge, where I was lucky enough to have good flight views of a male Vagrant Emperor as it flew  along Dengemarsh Sewer. For a piccie check out the DBO website.
                           Big Al, dragonfly twitch, Springfield Bridge    

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