Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Captain Pugwash and his Merry Men

Dungeness - 1000hrs - cool, dry and sunny sw3 - Our tour of the Marsh continues... A seawatch from the concrete road produced a steady flow of Gannets, a few scoters and scores of Sandwich and Common Terns down-Channel.
RSPB - 1200hrs - A Little Gull and two Common Terns at the southern end of ARC, plus Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Ringed Plover. On Burrowes more of the same plus a flock of summer plum Sanderling that dropped in on the shingle ridges in front of Makepeace, and LRP; no sign of the reported Little Stint. Plenty of Swifts and House Martins feeding over the fields at Boulderwall, cracking views of two Hobbies and a Tree Sparrow at the farm. From Dengemarsh hide Captain Pugwash and his Merry Men were floating out tern rafts, with Common Terns landing on them almost immediately! Several Marsh Harriers showed well here and we watched an adult male getting a torrid time from a Raven. Three Bar-headed Geese amongst the Greylags on the flood by Springfield Bridge and a single Whimbrel headed north calling.
Missed a flyover Osprey due to the O2 Network being down all day.
Galloways 1500hrs - Jammed a Little Owl on the battery sheds. Further round, Stonechat, Wheatear, Mipit, Linnets, Whitethroats and Kestrel.
Finished off at Old Romney church.
                                         Dengemarsh Rafters

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