Scotney - 0800hrs - warm, overcast, sw 2 - A wander out back in increasingly muggy weather conditions produced all the usual farmland birds including Corn Buntings, Yellow Wagtails, Skylark, Little Owl, Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier. A ringtail Montagu`s Harrier flew from the Army ranges, (presumably disturbed by the loud crumps of mortar firing) over our heads and towards Cheyne Court, and was most likely the same bird that`s has been in this area since last month.
It was good to see Avocets with chicks and a few pairs of Common Terns settled down amongst the Black-headed Gulls on the island. Also around the lake, a Common Sandpiper, Little Egrets, Egyptian Geese and two 1st summer Mediterranean Gulls. Evidence of post breeding dispersal showed in the form of 20 Pochards, 20 Shelducks and a straggle of moulting Lapwings.
Two Brown Hares showed well in a field of maize.
Burrowes - A quick look at Burrowes revealed nothing much apart from the usual wildfowl and a few forlorn looking terns with nowhere to nest.
Dungeness - The Patch was very disappointing with only 50 Common Terns over the boil and a few hundred Herring Gulls on the beach, while there was no sign of the hybrid white-winged gull or Roseate Terns. On the plus side a migrant Spotted Flycatcher and Blackcap were in the lighthouse garden, plus a Reed Warbler in the bramble patch on the sea wall, thanks to SO`s sharp eyes. In the humid conditions Small Heaths, Common Blues and three Painted Ladies warmed up amongst the colourful sward of flowers beside the power station wall.
ARC/Tower Pits - An afternoon wander down to the pines produced several good views of Cuckoos, Marsh Harriers and Hobbies. Everywhere we went today Diamond-backed Moths were fluttering around in ground cover, there must thousands/millions across the peninsula.