Lade - 0630hrs - mild, dry, warm, sunny, nw 2 - ne 3 - Following on from the excitement of yesterday this morning was back to more mundane fare with just a scattering of Willow Warblers and Common Whitethroats in gardens, and Wheatears and Yellow Wagtails on the storm beaches across Lade. However, many more Sand Martins were coming and going than yesterday, some of whom had plonked down on the shingle for a breather.
On the moth front migrant Dark Sword-grass was new for the year in the garden trap, plus Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet.
At the Kerton Road Café a whole host of goodies were in the fridge including Chevron, Jersey Tiger, Small Phoenix, Clouded Buff, Yellow-barred Brindle, Lesser Treble Bar and the very localised Tawny Wave, a Red Data book moth whose nearest known breeding sites are along the Suffolk coast, although it may have been an immigrant. Also of note in the café garden a Pied Flycatcher.
Dungeness - At The Patch 3 Black Terns amongst the expected gulls and Common Terns, plus a Fulmar west. On the land a scattering of Whinchats, Wheatears, Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroats, plus Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit (201) over calling.
Lade -1800hrs - Checked out the bay this evening in the company of Marshman where a mixed flock of 50 Sanderlings and Dunlin were feeding close to shore along with 2 Ringed Plovers. Further out on the bay 280 Curlews, 500 Oystercatchers, 50 Sandwich Terns, 10 Common Terns and hundreds of gulls.