Sunday, 9 September 2012

Pectoral Sandpiper

Lade - 0600hrs - warm, dry and sunny from the off, hot later, ssw3 - The last of the sunny days for a while, if the Met Office is to be believed. Nothing of note around the moth trap this morning apart from an influx of Mullein Waves and Angle Shades for some strange reason. The only visible migration over the back included a couple of Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears on the move.
Dungeness - 1100hrs - Flogged around the Desert searching for yesterdays shrike to no avail. A few Wheatears, Willow Warblers and Whitethroats in the moat was about all we could muster up. The Patch was even worse with just 10 Common Terns and a few distant passing Gannets.
Burrowes - 1400hrs - Just when I thought it was going to be a duff day the Pec Sand from yesterday came out of hiding and showed very nicely in front of Firth, before it was flushed back into cover by a Little Egret. Thought one must be due seeing as there are plenty around the country at the moment, and as always a quality wader, one I never tire of seeing.

                                         Pectoral Sandpiper, Burrowes

ARC - A feast of waders from Hanson with the bulk comprising 500 or so Goldies and Lapwings, 8 Dunlins, 3 Snipes, 3 Ringed Plovers, Blackwit and Common Sand, plus quality in the shape of 3 flyover Whimbrels, a juv Curlew Sandpiper and an interesting Little Stint which I made a largish adult almost in winter plumage. Also noted Pintail, Wigeon, Black-necked Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, 5 Little Egrets and a Wheatear on the approach to the hide.
ps: Not a bad day around the Peninsula with the juv Montys Harrier back on the Midrips (PB), plenty of chats at Galloways (DB) where 2 Short-eared Owls were seen yesterday evening (OL), GWEgret and Hobby at Dengemarsh, plus a morning report of a Red-footed Falcon by the railway gantry (Obs unknown).

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