Thursday, 18 September 2014

Migrant drop-in

Lade - 0800hrs - mild, cloudy, ne 2 - Whilst clearing the moth trap of loads of boring old yellow underwings, Flounced Rustics and Setaceous Hebrew Characters a Grey Wagtail flying around the back gardens was a portent of things to come. Cloud cover and mist just before dawn had deposited a host of common migrants on the storm beaches between Taylor Road and the caravan park, mostly chats, pipits and wagtails. I only had a couple of hours but rattled up the following: 10 Skylark, 150 Mipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 10 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 8 Stonechat, 25 Wheatear, 10 Blackbird, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 100 Linnet and 20 Reed Bunting. Over south lake 100 hirundines, plus all the usual wildfowl.
 I returned around midday and virtually all the passerines had moved on.

                                Stonechat, Lade

Greatstone Beach - 1030hrs - A quick scan from the Tavern car park in poor light revealed 7 species of shorebirds and 150 Sandwich Terns.

                                "That`s my 2nd bath this year, I`m calling the RSPCA..."

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