Thursday, 12 September 2013

Grounded Migrants

Lade - 0700hrs - murky, dull, drizzle, mild, w 2 - A miserable morning with mist and low cloud, but in the words of Nick Drake it got, `Bryter Layter`. Ran the garden moth trap last night and caught another Gem, several White-points but not much else.
However, due to the manky weather there was a bit of drop in on the local patch with the first decent autumn movement of Mipits. At least 100 were grounded on the storm beaches plus a steady trickle overhead along with several Yellow Wagtails and singles of Grey Wagtail and Tree Pipit, both of which are scarce migrants here. Scattered elsewhere around the scrub were 2 Wheatears, Whinchat and Common Whitethroat. On the pits hundreds of feeding hirundines, a Hobby over and the Black-necked Grebe still present. We changed our normal route to include the foreshore where 10 more Yellow Wagtails, 5 Mipits and a Wheatear were noted. As the sun broke through several Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler moved through the back garden fir trees.
ARC - An early afternoon visit yielded very little as the Peregrine had been through and flushed most of the waders with only returning Lapwings to be found. The Black-necked Grebe was present out on the lake which was swarming with hirundines.

                                Black Terns, The Patch, Dungeness

The Patch - 1600hrs - A decent hour in front of the hide with 12 Black Terns the highlight. Also, 3 Little Gulls, an Arctic Tern, 50 Common and 30 Sandwich Terns, plus all the usual gulls. Offshore two pale phase Arctic Skuas were terrorising the passing terns. 
NB: Had several enquiries concerning the Semi-p but as far as I`m aware it hasn`t been seen so far today.

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