Saturday, 7 September 2013

Balearic Shearwater & Gem

Lade -0700hrs - Chilly damp start, breezy, sunny later, sw 4 - A distinctly cool, autumnal feel to the weather this morning. Unsurprisingly there were few moths of note in the trap apart from a migrant Gem, which was new for the year. Birdwise just a few Willow Warblers and a single Garden Warbler was all I could muster up on the migrant front, while the Black-necked Grebe and a Green Sandpiper remained on south lake.

                                Gem, Lade

Dungeness - By the time we arrived the wind had picked up considerably, but still managed to jam a Balearic Shearwater from the seawatch hide, plus plenty of passing Gannets and terns. At the Patch 3 Black and 2 Arctic Terns, a Little Gull and hundreds of Common Terns and gulls, although viewing was difficult due to the wind. Couldn`t find anything on the land apart from a single Wheatear.
Scotney - The plastic wildfowl were still present, Egyptian Geese and Ruddy Shelduck, plus 50 Golden Plovers and a scattering of Curlews and Lapwings.
Burrowes - Seemed to have been a clear out of waders with just 8 Dunlin, 3 Blackwits and singles of Little Stint, Common Sandpiper and Ringed Plover. Also noted Black-necked Grebe, Hobby and a Red-crested Pochard on New Diggings.
PS: I have a large number of unbound back issues of British Birds & Birding World magazines that I want to dispose of. If anyone is interested please let me know; the deal is though, you have to take the job lot.

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