Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Melodious Warbler

Dungeness - 1030hrs - warm, dry, sunny, sw2 - The heavy overnight rain seemed to have done the trick with a number of grounded migrants at the point, particularly Whitethroats and Wheatears which seemed to be everywhere; between the moat and the power station road alone I counted a flock of 12 Wheatears, with at least that again elsewhere.
Anyhow, bird of the day was a Melodious Warbler in the lighthouse garden, which with a bit of patience showed nice and close and even burst into song on occasions. Also noted here throughout the day were Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Common Redstart and an LRP overhead.
Elsewhere, a Firecrest by Lloyds, Pied Flycatcher and Common Redstart by the power station fence and Lesser Whitethroat in the moat, plus all the usual Linnets, Stonechats and Black Redstarts. Also reported were Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and Whinchat, so all in all a very good passerine day, just a shame there aren`t a few more like it each season.
Spent an hour looking at very little on the sea in early afternoon, but by all accounts at least 12 Poms were logged during the morning, plus a large count of Commic Terns.

                                          Pied Flycatcher, Power Station

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