Thursday, 17 July 2014


Lade - 0600hrs - warm, dry, sunny, se 3 - We were up and out early this morning to beat the heat, but to be honest, what with an onshore breeze that increased throughout the day it was never really that uncomfortable. On the gravel pits singles of Common Sandpiper and LRP around the margins, 80 Oystercatchers on the main island, plus plenty of common wildfowl and loafing gulls. On the desert clumps of bushes in the lee of the wind were swamped with browns, Marbled Whites, one or two Common Blues and hundreds of damselflies.
Dungeness - An hour at the fishing boats this afternoon yielded very little apart from a few passing terns and Gannets, but just as we were about to leave a Manx Shearwater scuttled by and onto the year list.

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