Monday, 5 September 2011

The West Wind Shall Blow

Lade - 0900hrs - cool, sunny start, w3, increasing to 5 gusting 6 later - With the resumption of activities on the Lydd Army ranges causing several large explosions the feral geese from Scotney must`ve moved, as over 1,000 were on south lake (what is it about Greylags and Canada Geese... yawn, yawn...started counting `em and then gave up...). However, real birds comprised 3 Sparrowhawks, a Hobby, 10 Yellow Wags and a trickle of Sand Martins. The willows  held a numbers of Chiffchaffs and a Whitethroat.
ARC - 1300hrs - By now the wind had picked up a right old head of steam gusting to 40mph. Very little from Hanson with the few waders present hunkered down on the shingle ridges: 200 Lapwing, 80 Goldies, 10 Dunlins, 4 Ringed Plovers and a Snipe, plus Black, Common and Sandwich Terns, 6 Wigeons and a Pintail, Sparrowhawk and Hobby.
Over the road had distant views of the Cattle Egret in the fields by boulderwall and the Great White was reported from Dengemarsh, along with Bittern, Spotted Redshank and Greenshank
PS: A couple of pics from yesterdays seawatch by, Steven Carter.

Arctic Skua & Little Gull, Dungeness, 4-9-11 (Steven Carter)

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