Sunday, 24 July 2011

Warblers,Waders and Oysters...

Lade - 0600hrs - cool, sunny, nw2 - A chilly night saw the temperature drop to 9C so another poor catch, although Shore Wainscot present. Walked Mockmill Sewer, at the southern end of the pits, which was full of birds facing east, sunbathing. Amongst the local Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats were several migrant Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and a Garden Warbler. A Black-necked Grebe on south lake was new.
ARC - 0900hrs Couldnt find the Pec (although it was reported later on) at the south end but the Goosander showed well along with a scattering of Dunlins and LRPs. From Hanson at least 30 Golden Plovers, several Turnstones and 3 Little Gulls (Wood Warbler reported from the water tower pines).
Whitstable - pm - Went to see the Oysterband at the Whitstable Oyster Festival in the Royal Native Oyster Store folk club this afternoon. Top gig from the boys and a great way to round off the weekend.

Black-necked Grebe, Lade

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