Thursday, 4 July 2013

Early Migrants

Lade - 0600hrs - muggy, overcast, sw 4 - A breezy night nearly always results in a poor catch in the moth trap and so it proved this morning with only 18 species and nothing new for the year.
Over the pits a couple of surprises in the shape of a migrant Whimbrel heading south calling and a Little Owl yelping out on the desert, which eventually showed. On south lake several Sand Martins hawked insects amongst the hirundines and Swifts - so that`s that then, return migration is officially underway.
ARC - 1600hrs - As is often the way down here the wind picked up through the afternoon forcing any passerines to keep their heads down. From Hanson more hirundines, including Sand Martins, plus all the usual wildfowl. Along the track to Screen hide the Green Woodpecker family were active, while the Swallow was still sitting tight on its nest.
Also on the migrant front, an early Redstart was noted in a garden on the Dungeness Estate (DB).
According to the Met Office the weather is due to change with the wind going round to an easterly vector and a big fat high pressure system settling over the country elevating temperatures into the 20`s and beyond; however, whether or not this will apply to the Romney Marsh only time will tell, watch this space...

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