Saturday, 1 September 2012

Spotted Redshank

Lade - mild, damp, light airs, brighter later, w2 - The moth trap was full of Flounced Rustics and Silver Ys this morning, plus a cracking Burnished Brass.
Flogged around the local patch where bits and pieces of migrants noted on the storm beaches included 20 grounded Yellow Wagtails, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears, a Whinchat and a Spotted Redshank over calling; which was probably the same one on Burrowes later. Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Marsh Harrier noted, plus a Sedge Warbler and Common Sandpiper on the margins of south pit, with the open water full of common wildfowl and Great Crested Grebes.
Whilst sitting in the garden this afternoon the Starlings went into alarm mode as a superb brown Merlin whipped overhead giving chase. Two Sparrowhawks also, over south today.

                                          Burnished Brass

 Wryneck with Grass Snake, Dungeness, (Craig Bunney)

ARC - 1400hrs - From Hanson hide 200 Lapwings, 50 Golden Plovers, 6 Dunlins, 4 Little Stints, and singles of Common and Curlew Sandpipers, Garganey, Pintail and Wigeon. A Peregrine swept over just as I was leaving scattering all the waders skywards and some of the ducks. From Screen hide 3 more Garganeys, a Blackwit and several Yellow Wagtails over.
Had another look for the Wryneck on the Estate, without success, but it did show on and off throughout the day during which time it mobbed a Grass Snake that ventured too close (DB).
ps: Elsewhere today a scattering of Whinchats, Wheatears and common warblers around the Peninsula, Great White Egret at Dengemarsh, Black Tern and Little Gull at the Patch and Pom Skua passed the boats this afternoon.

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