Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dungeness Peninsula

Lade  - 0700hrs - mild, cloudy, sw 3 - The day commenced with a Med Gull coming to bread in the back garden! Due to the mild, overcast night there was a decent number of moths in the trap of 18 species, several which were new for the year including Yellow Shell, Poplar Hawkmoth and Silver Y.

                                Yellow Shell

Dungeness - The target here was breeding birds, so Wheatear, Skylark and Linnet were nailed opposite Jarman`s and a pair of stunning Black Redstarts showed well on the fence at West Beach. A brief seawatch from the hide delivered 25 Common Scoters up-Channel, plus plenty of Gannets milling around along with a few Sandwich and Common Terns, Kittiwakes, a Med Gull and half a dozen Porpoises.
Walking through the grass beside the power station wall several Common Blues were disturbed, including a mating pair; plus Small Heaths and Silver Y`s. Across the peninsula many of the wild flowers were in full bloom including several patches of Sea Pea.

                                Common Blues, Dungeness

Lade - Nothing much birdwise apart from a Little Egret. We checked out the Southern Marsh Orchids, while the guests were fascinated by the sounds mirrors.
                                Fox, RSPB car park

                                Sea Pea, Dungeness

RSPB - On Burrowes the main spectacle was the large number of Swifts swirling overhead, many forced down low due to the rain and plummeting temperatures. A party of 6 Sandwich Terns dropped in and all the expected wildfowl and gulls were noted, while the regular Fox was rummaging around by the bird feeders.
We then visited St Clement`s church Old Romney (where we had superb views of a Green Woodpecker `anting` in the churchyard) and the lookers hut at St Mary`s-in-the-Marsh. Our final stop was Greatstone beach where 3 Barwits, 10 Dunlins and 3 Curlews noted amongst hundreds of gulls.

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