Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Arctic Terns

Lade - 0600hrs - warm, dry and sunny s2 - Another glorious summers day, but very humid during the afternoon. An improvement to 23 species in the moth trap this morning including a Flame Shoulder and an influx of Flounced Rustics.
Dungeness - 0730hrs - A wander around the Point delivered precious little of note apart from a few Mipits, Linnets, 2 Wheatears , plus Willow Warbler and Whitethroat in the moat. Offshore, up to 10 Gannets and a few terns drifting west.
ARC - 0930hrs - The usual small numbers of Common Sands, LRPs, Ringed Plovers, Lapwings and Dunlins, plus singles of Little Stint and Greenshank. Several Sedge and Reed Warblers in the reedbeds and at least 10 Yellow Wagtails on the dry ridges and the islands in front of Hanson.

                                          Little Egret, ARC

Dungeness - 1600hrs - An hour from the concrete road was memorable for a pulse of 5 juv Arctic Terns close to shore heading west amongst a steady trickle of Sandwich and Common Terns. Offshore, 20 or so Gannets were plunge diving for fish amongst 6 Harbour Porpoises.

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