Friday, 28 September 2012

Feathered Brindle

Lade - 0630hrs - mild, clear and dry, showers later, wind increasing to wsw5 - A cracking start to the day with Feathered Brindle and a migrant Scarce Bordered Straw in the garden moth trap. Chiffchaffs in the garden throughout the day and a steady passage of Swallows south, along with a few Mipits and Goldfinches.
Checked the pits around mid-day: Green Sandpiper on the islands, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 10 Chiffchaffs, Reed Warbler, Jay and Greater pecker. On north pit c1,500 Greylags and 2 Kestrels.

                                          Feathered Brindle

                                          Scarce Bordered Straw

Dungeness - 1030hrs - An hours seawatch from the hide in blustery conditions produced a steady flow of Gannets and Sandwich Terns, plus 30 Wigeons, 12 Common Scoters, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Med Gulls, 2 Arctic Terns, Kittiwake, 3 Arctic Skuas and hundreds of Swallows out. At the Patch, 2 Arctic Terns, 1 Common Tern, 2 Little Gulls and a Common Tern. There was no sign of yesterdays Sabine`s Gull.
Two Black Redstarts, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Wheatear around the power station wall.

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