Thursday, 26 September 2013

Sandpipers & Brents

Lade - 0700hrs - cloudy, mild, ne 3 - A noticeably fresher feel to the weather this morning with the wind picking up from the east. Little of note migrant wise on the bird front or in the garden moth trap.
ARC - 1100hrs - Quiet here too with virtually nothing on the shingle ridges on arrival, although a few Goldies and Lapwing eventually drifted back along with a Pectoral Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 4 Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Stint. At the south end 7 Blackwits, 2 Ruff and another, or the same, Pec Sandpiper.
Burrowes - The 7 Blackwits moved in front of Firth hide, alongside a Knot, while 2 more Curlew Sands were on the islands round the corner, as well as 3 Black-necked Grebes and all the usual wildfowl.
Dungeness - An hour from the boats this afternoon produced an odd Brent Goose movement with 180 going down, 65 coming up and 12 coming across - make what you can of that! The usual 2 Arctic Skuas were mugging the Sandwich Terns and 2 distant divers went west.

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