Friday, 27 September 2013

Red Underwing

Dungeness  - 0730hrs - cool, cloudy, ne 3 - At The Patch 2 Little Gulls and singles of Med Gull and Arctic Tern amongst the melee of commoner gulls and terns, while an attack from one of the loitering Arctic Skuas sent them into a frenzy several times. Offshore a few passing Gannets, Sandwich Terns and Brents.
Migrant wise, 5 Chiffchaffs along the fence line by the hide, plus 2 Grey Wagtails, 15 Greenfinches, 30 Linnets, 10 Mipits and a Yellow Wagtail overhead. Around the Sanctuary 10 Goldfinches, 2 Stonechats, 5 Swallows, a Wheatear and a Rock Pipit over.
Called in at the Kerton Road Café where a Red Underwing had been trapped, otherwise the selection of moths was pretty much the same as our garden trap.

                                Red Underwing, KRC

ARC - A repeat of yesterday with 2 Pec Sands and a Little Stint reported earlier, 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 10 Dunlins, 6 Snipe, 2 Ruff, 2 Greenshanks and a Blackwit, but flighty.
Watched a juv Marsh Harrier tucking into a recently caught Coot, which it had managed to concealed under willow scrub thereby avoiding the attentions of passing corvids.
Dungeness - An hour from the boats delivered a few distant Gannets, 20 Sandwich and 10 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 auks, 25 Brents and a Sanderling.

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