Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A Raptor Day

Weather - Started off still and misty, by early afternoon, light airs,  hot 25C!
Lade - 0900hrs - Plenty of moths in the Plovers trap this morning (16 species) including the first Sallow of the season. A few Chiffs in the fir trees.
Dungeness - 0930hrs Called in at the Obs where a nice Lesser Whitethroat had just been trapped. Siskin, Blackcap, Black Redstart and Mipits seen around the Moat plus 2 Kestrels and a Stonechat at Jarman`s.
An hour at the boats delivered few seabirds on a flat calm sea - and no sign of the Glaucous Gull at high tide - plus 6 Wheatears.
RSPB - 1230hrs A flurry of buzzards seen over the next couple of hours totalled 12 Common Buzzards and 2 Honey Buzzards. A couple of visitors had also noted a number of thermalling Buzzards and 2 different Honeys, so there was obviously a passage of sorts on the go. The height some of these birds attained, once they hit the thermals bouncing off the shingle, was incredible. Several Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, a Hobby and 10 Marsh Harriers also noted.
The Great White Egret was in its usual spot on Dengemarsh, plus Snipe, Common Tern and `pinging` Beardies. Also noted a cracking close Whinchat at the Corral, 2 Ravens and `pinging` Beardies from the ramp, plus 10 Tree Sparrows and 2 Greater peckers on the Boulderwall feeders and a close Reed Warbler at Springfield Bridge.
Littlestone Beach - 1645hrs Hundreds of Oystercatchers and Curlews plus a few Redshanks, Ringed Plovers, Turnstones and a flock of 50 Brent Geese,
                                           The Sallow, Plovers
                                           Lesser Whitethroat, DBO
                                          Whinchat, Corral

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