Sunday, 11 September 2011

Late Post for Sunday 11th September

Dungeness - 0915hrs - 1230hrs - mild, bright and breezy, sw4 - It was a case of , "You should`ve been here earlier", from the clutch of locals who`d had a number of Balearic`s, skuas and terns from the concrete road. However, we started at the Boats and then moved to the seawatch hide where we had a few distant skuas, Gannets, Guillemots, Common Scoters, terns, and a Little Gull. The Glaucous Gull showed well amongst the massed ranks of Black-back and Herring Gulls and at least 2 Yellow-legged Gulls noted.
A few Wheatears and a Mipit seen by the Old Light while a steady stream of mainly Swallows and a few Sand Martins pushed on south across the Channel.
At the Patch around 50 terns including an adult Black Tern and a possible Roseate Tern, but difficult to confirm due to the increasing wind and a big sea.
We finished up with over 90 species for the 3 days with the group highlights being: Cattle and Great White Egrets, Garganey and Goosander, Marsh Harriers and Hobbies, a decent spread of waders, Curlew Sands and Ruffs, Little and Glaucous Gulls, Black and Arctic Terns, 4 chats, Spot Flits, a close Reed Warbler, Raven and probably most impressive of all, the viz mig of hirundines crossing the Peninsula throughout the weekend.
PS: On the moth front a migrant Convolvulus Hawk Moth and Delicate were in temporary residence at the Kerton Road Cafe.

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