Monday, 12 September 2011

Another Breezy Day

Lade - 0900hrs - mild, sunny, sw 6-8 - Breezy (gale force at times) conditions made for difficult birding today, so you had to choose your spot. The walk across the storm beaches produced small groups of grounded Yellow Wagtails and half a dozen Wheatears, all sheltering behind patches of scrub. On south lake a small flock of Sandwich and Common Terns on the island plus 10 more over the water along with 100 Swallows and 50 Sand Martins. First Goldcrest of the autumn in the garden this evening
ARC - 1230hrs - A hide load of birders at Hanson included (as it was Monday) two of the `Last of the Summer Wine` crew (who`d earlier had Balearic Shearwater and a few skuas at the Point). The usual flock of Goldies and Lapwings was enlivened by 10 Dunlins, 2 Ruffs (one very small and orangey), 2 Blackwits, 1 Barwit, 1 Knot and a Curlew Sandpiper. Plenty of terns on the islands (and out on the open water) included 20 each of Sandwich and Common, 10 Arctic and 5 Black Terns. Also noted Goosander, 2 Little Gulls, 10 Wigeon, Pintail and a Hobby careering around after hirundines. Both the Cattle and Great White Egret reported from over the road.
Dungeness -  1530hrs Half an hour from the concrete road with the Joker produced nothing apart from a few terns, Gannets and a distant skua. Glaucous and Yellow-legged Gull on the shingle.
Lade - 1615hrs Checked north lake just in case anything had been blown in...

Convolvulus Hawk-moth (worn) and The Delicate from yesterday, Kerton Road Cafe

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