Monday, 7 October 2013


Lade - 0700hrs - mild, misty, light airs - A murky start to the day with the sun eventually burning off the mist by midday. Large Wainscot was new for the year in the garden trap but otherwise it was the same old autumn moths.
                                         Large Wainscot, Lade

Chiffchaffs were just about everywhere this morning with hundreds present across the Peninsula. Over the pits there was little movement due to the fog with just a few grounded Mipits and a Wheatear of note on the storm beaches. A Green Sandpiper remained on the islands in the willow-swamp and several Sparrowhawks were present. A late afternoon Whimbrel flew over the cottage calling.
Dungeness - A Lesser Whitethroat in the moat and a Blackcap in the lighthouse garden were the only warblers seen apart from Chiffs.
ARC - Not many waders on the shingle ridges apart from a few Snipe, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Lapwings and a Greenshank. Water Rail and Black-necked Grebe were in front of Hanson.

                                3 Great White Egrets, Burrows

                                            Grey Plover, Burrowes

Burrowes - Plenty of birds here with 6 Great White and 10 Little Egrets, 10 Grey Herons plundering the fish shoals along with 200 Cormorants and 100 Black-headed Gulls. In front of Firth, 2 Blackwits, 3 Ruff, 3 Snipe, Ringed and Grey Plovers and Little Gull. From Makepeace, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 8 Egyptian Geese, 2 Dunlins and all the usual wildfowl. From Dennis`s 100 Golden Plovers. There was no sign of yesterdays Glossy Ibis.

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