Thursday, 3 April 2014

Lade Reptiles & Amphibians

Dungeness - 0900hrs - cool, cloudy, se 3 - Did an hour from the concrete road where a steady trickle of birds moved up-Channel in better viz than of late as follows: Red-throated Diver 12, Gannet 5, Brent 26, Common Scoter 21, Fulmar 3, Sandwich Tern 12, Kittiwake 1, Common Gull 20, Avocet 1. The 1st winter Glaucous Gull was on the beach and four coasting Redpolls called overhead, my first of the year, if only I was keeping a year list...
We then moved to the seawatch hide where another half an hour delivered a few more divers and scoters. Around the old light, in pleasant sunshine, both Black Redstart and Wheatear were in song.

                                Grass Snake, Lade

                                Peacock, Lade

Lade - Finished off at the local patch where reptiles and amphibians stole the show with Marsh Frogs, Smooth Newts, Common Lizard and two Grass Snakes noted. Birdwise though it was very quiet.
John and Jill ended their three day stay with 93 species of birds and fair range of other wildlife.
NB: First Arctic and Great Skuas and Common Terns reported off Dungeness today.

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