Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Wheatears, Wagtails and Waders

Dungeness - 0730hrs -warm, dry and sunny, se/sw 2 - Nothing much on the sea this morning apart from the usual terns and a few Gannets. A brood of juv Wheatears by the Brit proved a challenge to digi-scope and 2 Yellow Wagtails moved south. At Kerton Road a Grey Wagtail overhead calling was my first of the year (they`re a scarce autumn passage migrant down here).
ARC - pm - A decent number of waders and wagtails feeding on the myriad of flying insects included, 20 Pied and 2 Yellow Wagtails, a trio of sandpipers (1 Wood, 3 Green and 6 Commons), 13 LRP`s, 6 Ringed Plovers, 5 Redshanks, Greenshank, Dunlin, Curlew, 30 Oystercatchers and hundreds of Lapwings. At Cockles Bridge an adult Cuckoo by the old sheds.
Moths - A rare (Red Data Book) migrant, Silver Barred at Boulderwall was only the 2nd reserve record, plus the rarely trapped Double Dart. At Greatstone the Mathematician had Burnished Brass and Buff Arches; common enough, but still pretty smart moths.
Lesser Emperor and Small Red-eyed Damselfly were reported from Long Pits.

Baby Wheatear, Dungeness & Buff Arches, Greatstone

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