Monday, 6 July 2015

Two Blackwits

Lade - 0800hrs - warm, dry and sunny - A Greenshank feeding along the margins of south lake was the best of the migrants, although probably the same bird as present on the quarry at the weekend. It`s four consecutive days now without hearing a Cuckoo, so I guess the adults have already shipped out south; how quickly their breeding season passes.
Dungeness - 1530hrs - A couple of hours at the fishing boats this afternoon delivered a few Common and Sandwich Terns, Med Gulls and Gannets but little else, although a Roseate Tern flew west at 1500hrs (PB).
Lade Sands - A gorgeous, warm evening with light airs and bright light, perfect for scanning the sands on an out going tide, with ships in the Channel and the French coastline clearly visible. Two Blackwits were new, and something of a surprise as they seldom drop in here, along with a scattering of Curlews, Oystercatchers and Ringed Plovers. A large flock of small gulls and terns were feeding way out on the shoreline, but too distant to get any details.

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