Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Black Birds...

Lade - 0600hrs - warm, dry, sunny, ne 4 - Following a hectic, hot, sweaty day up north yesterday (well, the London area) was good to get back home on the Marsh where the wind never ceases and the temperatures are more tolerable.
Anyhow, the moth trap was disappointing last night because of that wind with only Scalloped Oak new for the year. Nothing much happening over the pits apart from the usual eclipse ducks, a Common Sandpiper around the margin, Sand Martins over the water and a calling Cuckoo in the reed swamp; probably the last time I`ll hear that this year.

                               Scalloped Oak

Dungeness - At the Patch the highlight was a superb Black Tern in full summer plumage, my first of the year, along with over 800 Black-headed Gulls, 50 Common Terns, 2 Med Gulls and a Little Gull.
At sea a few Gannets on the move plus a line of 28 Common Scoters east. A Grey Seal was feeding within the ring of scum around the boil on flat fish
Along the power station wall a singing Black Redstart and a Pied Wagtail feeding young.
Called in at the Obs where the juv House Martin was growing in leaps and bounds.

                                House Martin, DBO

ARC - 1500hrs - Wandered down to Screen hide where an impressive variety of waders were strewn out across the distant islands, all of them stunning adults in summer plumage the best of which was a black Spotted Redshank. Next to Ruff, there can`t be a finer wader, and its not often a Spotshank turns up in this nick. Also on the islands a supporting cast of 13 Blackwits, 3 Dunlins and singles of Redshank, Greenshank, LRP and Common Sandpiper, plus all the usual Lapwings and Oycs - Oh! happy days are here again.
Also, 3 Marsh Harriers, 3 Wigeons, Hobby, Green Woodpecker, and to cap a great day a Bittern flew over Tower pits calling!

                                Waders, ARC (Spot Shank far right)

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