Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Little Stint

Lade - 0700hrs - Cloudy, mild, showers, w3 - Another shocking day with rain throughout, some of it heavy on a blustery wind. Nothing in the moth trap this morning apart from a couple of Large Yellow Underwings and an Autumnal Rustic.
Over the pits a light overhead passage of Siskins and Goldfinches first thing followed by Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs in the garden once again. Two Sparrowhawks whipped through and a Merlin noted along the beach, plus a steady passage of Swallows.
ARC - 1400hrs - A juv Little Stint was the only wader on view from Hanson, apart from 100 Lapwings and 5 Golden Plovers. The Black-necked Grebe remained out on the water, while a single Garganey was roosting amongst the Teals, Wigeons, Shovelers and Pintails. Several hundred Swallows were hawking insects over the lake, and Water Rails and Chiffchaffs were vocal in front of Hanson hide. The shingle islands are fast disappearing here; give it another week, at this rate of rainfall, and they will all be pretty much covered over.

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