Saturday, 27 September 2014


Lade - 0800hrs - mild, cloudy, light airs - The perfect morning to walk Mockmill for any grounded migrants of which there was a scattering of Linnets, Reed Buntings, Mipits, Chiffchaffs, Robins, Blackbirds, Skylarks, three Stonechats, a Lesser Whitethroat and the first Song Thrushes of the autumn. A trickle of Swallows were feeding over the shingle ridges while more Mipits, Skylarks and a Grey Wagtail passed overhead. Spent a bit of time Kestrel watching. As there was no wind to assist a hover most were perched on posts, overhead wires or atop scrub. Every so often one would drop down and pick off what looked like a grasshopper or cricket, while one appeared to have caught a small passerine, probably a Mipit or Reed Bunting. On south lake four Snow Geese types had joined the feral Greylags.

                                Kestrels, Lade
Dungeness - Wandered down to the Obs for a natter with the backdrop of disco music blasting out from the railway station! A few Chiffs, Black Redstarts, Robins and Goldcrests noted in the bushes and a flock of 100 Mipits were feeding on the edge of the Desert.
ARC - From Screen hide the now expected Lapwings, Goldies, four Ruff, two Black-necked Grebes, Red-crested Pochard and common ducks.
Dungeness - An hour at the boats this afternoon, with the sea resembling a mill pond, yielded several feeding Sandwich and Common Terns and a distant Arctic Skua.

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