Monday, 28 July 2014

Trio of sandpipers

Lade - 0700hrs - cloudy, mild, nne 4 - A much fresher morning with an increasing northerly airflow throughout the day and the odd light shower. Passerines were at a premium due to the wind although at least two Willow Warblers noted in the swamp. Sand Martins continue to pulse through and 20 Swifts went south high up. On the margins the regular Common Sandpipers while the Oystercatcher chicks had survived another night.
                                              Kent Black Arches, Lade

Scotney - Haven`t been here for a while, but there was little of note apart from loads of moulting ducks and feral geese, a few Lapwings, 10 Curlews and singles of Redshank, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel.
ARC - Wader wise it was surprisingly good, considering the shortage of suitable islands, with my first two Golden Plovers of the `autumn` amongst the Lapwings from Hanson, plus a Wood Sandpiper that went over calling heading for Dengemarsh. Several Common Sands, LRP and Green Sandpiper noted from Screen hide, while on the water at least one Garganey was present amongst the hundreds of ducks. Large numbers of Sand Martins hawked low over the water on the far side.

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