Sunday, 8 May 2011

Passerine Recce

Dungeness - 0630hrs - warm, dry and cloudy, sw2 -Had a recce for breeding birds this morning for a forthcoming bird tour starting tomorrow; Wheatear, Stonechat and Black Redstart all safely located. At the Patch, 50 Common, 5 Arctic and 1 Black Tern amongst the gulls. A cursory look further out revealed a few passing Gannets, scoters and a Bonxie. Four Mute Swans circled the point before landing on the sea. The Glaucous Gull remains in the vicinity of the fishing boats.
ARC - 1630hrs A brief look from the Screen produced a drake Garganey and Blackwit of note. At least 50 Swifts over the water tower.
The moth trap was bulging this morning with a worn, Rustic Shoulder Knot new for the trap and the first Buff-tip of the season.

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