Wednesday, 2 April 2014

More Spring Migrants

Lade - The garden moth trap held five species this morning including the first Angle Shades of the season.

                                     Angle Shades, Lade

Dungeness - 0900hrs, cool, misty, e 3 - A search for passerines this morning revealed Wheatear, Mipit, Skylark, Linnet, Black Redstart, Goldfinch across the peninsula, plus four Shelduck, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. A cursory look at a foggy sea revealed singles of Kittiwake, Gannet and two Brents, plus two Harbour Porpoises. The Raven was noted on the power station, plus Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Hume`s Leaf Warbler in the trapping area.

                               Inappropriate use of the seawatch hide... (and I told HER so!)

                                Wheatear, Dungeness

RSPB - 1300hrs - Burrowes was quiet with just Pintail of note amongst the ducks. In the willow scrub near Scott hide a Cetti`s Warbler actually showed along with a Long-tailed Tit and Chiffchaff, while a spanking male Yellow Wagtail called and flew overhead onto the year list, if I was keeping one of course. The hay fields yielded Little Egrets, two Lapwings, a few common ducks and another first for the year a Sedge Warbler in the bramble thicket near Christmas Dell. From Dengemarsh hide two courting Foxes proved highly entertaining over by the bungalow. Also noted 20 Wigeon, two Dabchicks, two male and three female Marsh Harriers.
Dungeness - 1545hrs - With the murk lifting a little we gave the sea another half an hour from the concrete road but it was pretty steady with just 30 Common Scoters, 12 Oystercatchers, 20 Common Gulls, Fulmar and Guillemot.
Lade Bay - 1700hrs - Checked out the sands from the Varne where 50 Turnstones was noteworthy amongst hundreds of Curlews and Oystercatchers and four Redshanks, plus 20 Common Scoters on the sea. From the Tavern we added 50 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, two Grey Plovers and 12 Sandwich Terns.
Springfield Bridge - 1900hrs - An evening listen for `booming` Bittern drew a blank but we did see several Marsh Harriers and a Peregrine going to roost. Another fine days birding around the peninsula.

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