Friday, 8 July 2011

Is it Really Mid-Summer?

Dungeness - 0730hrs - cool, cloudy, showery, sw5 - A distinctly autumnal feel to the weather this morning with a blustery wind blowing in the occasional light shower. Started off at ARC where a Garganey had joined the numerous Teal, while the Goosander was still at the southern end amongst the Pochard. From Hanson 2 Wood Sands amongst a scattering of Commons and Greens, LRPs and Lapwings. The GWEgret remained on Dengemarsh.
A mid-morning seawatch from the boats yielded little apart from a dribble of terns and Gannets, plus several parties of Swifts heading south.
In the afternoon had good views (despite the wind) of a Bittern flying into one of the nest sites with what looked like a large eel. A singing Corn Bunting was noteworthy and more Swifts on the move here.
As for moths, a poor catch everywhere due to the weather conditions.

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