Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Waders and Chats

Lade - 1000hrs - mild, rain, e2 - Back in the groove today after a couple of days away. The local patch delivered singles of Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Black-necked Grebe plus hundreds of hirundines, a few Yellow Wagtails overhead and 2 Sparrowhawks.
ARC - 1445hrs - With the rain all but over as I crossed the causeway a Swift flew south. From Hanson a decent collection of waders included 300 Lapwings, 125 Goldies, 8 Dunlin, 4 Wood Sandpipers, 2 each of LRP and Knot and singles of Ruff, Common Sand, Spotted Redshank and Little Stint. Sparrowhawk and Hobby also noted. From Screen hide 2 Green Sandpipers plus all the usual wildfowl and Little Egrets.
Scotney - 1600hrs - Mercifully, the Grey Lags were over the far side of the pit... From roadside pull-ins 150 Goldies, 5 Curlews, 2 Ruff, a Redshank and several each of Yellow Wagtails, Mipits and Linnets.
Galloways -  1645hrs - Six Stonechats, 4 Whinchats, 2 Wheatears and 50 Linnets were the highlight here.
Other local news today included the elusive Dungeness Wryneck, and the long-staying Glaucous Gull and GwEgret.

                                         Curlew and Ruffs - Scotney Pits

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