Friday, 15 August 2014

Dodging the downpours

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, cloudy, nw 3 - A touch autumnal first thing, but it soon warmed up bringing some hefty rain and hail showers throughout the day. A White-point in the garden mv was the first one for a while amongst 15 species. Walked the local patch where bird numbers were similar to yesterday, plus more Sand Martins and a few Yellow Wagtails over.


Dengemarsh - Got a right old soaking here for little reward apart from the usual terns, wildfowl, Marsh Harrier and Cetti`s Warbler.
ARC - With the sun temporarily breaking through a Water Rail, plus fluffy black chicks, showed intermittently from Screen hide. On the water four Garganey amongst the dabblers, plus Snipe, Golden Plover and Redshank amongst the Lapwings. Down towards the pines a scattering of Willow and Reed Warblers, Whitethroats and a Blackcap.
Dungeness  - 1500hrs - Another deadly one hour seawatch from the boats with just a trickle of distant Gannets, gulls and terns over a flat calm sea.

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