Monday, 20 July 2015

A Dungeness wader day

Lade - low cloud, mist and mizzle, sw 3 - Perfect weather conditions for grounding a few passage waders with Common and Green Sandpipers around the lake margins, plus two Whimbrels, 50 Dunlins, 15 Redshanks, 12 Barwits (first of the autumn) and 10 Sanderlings on the bay alongside the usual Curlews, Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers and 20 Sandwich Terns.

                               Dunlin, Greenshank and Lapwing, Burrowes

RSPB - This afternoon on the bird reserve, in murky conditions, six Blackwits from the south end of ARC, a Little Stint, five Dunlins, two Greenshanks, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers and 100 Lapwings from Screen/Hanson hides, plus a 1st summer Little Gull and a Peregrine.
Over the road on Burrowes more Common Sandpipers, Dunlins, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, Greenshank, an adult Redshank with two juvs and a spanking Turnstone that dropped in as we sat in Makepeace hide.
Both these huge gravel pits are perfect at the moment for waders with an array of low, recently emerged islands, with Firth hide the premier spot for close views, photography and hopefully where that rare `peep` will drop in soonest.
Also coming and going on Burrowes today singles of Little Stint, Spotted Redshank and Wood Sandpiper. Needless to say the passage migrants were nearly all adults.

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