Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Two Pectoral Sandpipers

Lade - 0700hrs - mild, misty, occasional sun, nw 2 then e 2 - A muggy old night and day so plenty of autumnal type moths in the garden trap. Over the pits a definite clear out of migrants with only a scattering of Chiffchaffs and a few hirundines around the pits. Overhead a few Mipits, Linnets and Skylarks south.
Dungeness  - A midday seawatch off the boardwalk was largely quiet apart from the usual terns coming and going and a Red-throated Diver on the sea, plus 35 Brents and 20 Common Scoters westbound. Three juvenile/dark skuas were of note comprising 2 Arctics and another which appeared to be smaller and a candidate for a possible Long-tailed, but only had bins views in poor light.
ARC - Eventually nailed the  2 Pectoral Sandpipers from Hanson although the waders were nervous flying up and down due to passing raptors. Amongst 500 or so Goldies and Lapwings were 3 Curlew Sands, 6 Snipe, 2 Ruffs, 2 Curlew, 2 Knots, 8 Dunlins and a Little Stint.

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