Sunday, 11 August 2013

A Scattering of Waders

Lade - 0600hrs - Warm, dry and sunny sw 2, increasing 4 by pm - Shark was new for the moth trap this year, but otherwise nothing much of note except for loads of Silver Ys and Flounced Rustics amongst the 25 species trapped. Two Willow Warblers were in the garden firs and a Sparrowhawk whipped a juv Starling off the top of a tree for breakfast.
A Whimbrel over calling and Common Sandpiper on south lake was the sum total of Lade waders this morning, while Red-crested Pochard and Black-necked Grebe were still present.
ARC - A sprinkling of waders from Hanson included several each of Common Sandpiper, LRP and Dunlin, while the Black-necked Grebe was close to the hide. Hundreds of Sand Martins over the lake again.
Burrowes - Wood Sandpiper and Ruff were added to the wader list, plus 5 more Common Sandpipers, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper, plus 2 Black-necked Grebes.
Dungeness - 1430hrs - An hour at the boats staring at a largely blank sea yielded a few distant Gannets and terns, plus one very distant Bonxie in the heat haze. Also a calling Whimbrel and several pulses of Sand Martins. The 1st summer Little Gull, however, continues to feed just offshore.
A Whinchat was seen at Galloways this morning (OL).

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