Thursday, 29 September 2011

Dungeness Hothouse

Lade - 0800hrs - warm, dry, sunny, se2 - With Bernard Skinner staying for a couple days, had to make sure there was no duff moth id-ing when emptying the traps! In the end there was nothing much of any quality and pretty much the same 16 autumnal species as yesterday.
Dungeness - 0900hrs Back to the bird tour with Bill and Anne, and a bit of a struggle this morning with the Peninsula bathed in Continental style heat. As the morning wore on, the wind slackened and the temperature breached 30C! Barely a thing moved on the sea apart from a couple of skuas, a few scoters and the usual terns and Gannets. A Black Redstart posed on the power station wall and a scattering of Wheatear, Stonechat, Goldfinch and Skylark elsewhere. Still no sign of the Glaucous Gull.
ARC - 1230hrs At the southern end a Curlew Sandpiper and Snipe within a large flock of Greylags and Lapwings.
RSPB - 1300hrs - Dengemarsh had a decent array of wildfowl and we had cracking views of the Great White Egret, several Marsh Harriers and a split second Bittern as it had a go at the egret from the edge of the reedbed! On Burrowes, 2 Grey Plovers, 4 Ringed Plovers and 50 Wigeon were the highlights.
Dungeness - 1500hrs - Back to the Point (thanks to tip offs from DB and TI) and at last the Glaucous Gull was located on its usual patch by the boats. We finished in grand style at the moat with 4 Stonechats, 2 Black Redstarts, and singles of Common Whitethroat, Common Redstart, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers. Head Ranger and Gullman set up a net in the moat which delivered the Pied Flit, while the Common Redstart was caught with great aplomb in the Heligoland.
                                           Lapwing, Dengemarsh
                                          Grey Plover, Burrowes
                                           Common Redstart, DBO
                                          Pied Flycatcher, DBO

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