Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Lade - 0600hrs - Another duff night in the trap with only Archers Dart of note.
Dungeness - 0730hrs - cool, cloudy, sw5 - Walked down to the Patch into a stiff wind blowing up-Channel. At least 100 Common Terns over the boil with another 100 on the beach amongst the gulls. Offshore more Common Terns and at least 50 Gannets in a 30 minute watch from the hide.
RSPB - 1015-1245hrs - Had a run out with the Joker and PT senior this morning. Along Coast Road 2 Med Gulls over. From the causeway road at the south end of ARC had crippling views of a juv female Peregrine tearing over the pit margin scattering the ducks and gulls. Watched her again from Hanson stooping at Swifts, needless to say without success, but she looks in great shape so must be making kills somewhere. Up to a thousand Swifts and martins over the water. The only waders on show were 2 LRPs, Lapwing and Oystercatcher. All the expected wildfowl including 3 Wigeon. Over the road, a Little Egret on Burrowes, while at Dengemarsh could only see one juv Common Tern on the rafts with the majority of adults still sitting on eggs, which seems a bit late; maybe the cold and rain has chilled the eggs as they should`ve hatched by now. Two distant Marsh Harriers also noted, plus Whitethroats and singing Cetti`s.

                                         Common Terns, adult & juv, Dengemarsh

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