Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Little Stint

Lade - muggy, overcast, light airs - 0700hrs - A little more action in the garden MV this morning  following humid, overnight weather conditions. Another Jersey Tiger was the highlight, while Marbled Green was new for the year.
  On the local patch Little Egret numbers hit 15 and several Common Sandpipers flitted around the margins. The scrub by the ponds was alive with juvenile Blue and Great Tits, Reed and Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats.

                                  Jersey Tiger and Marbled Green

Dungeness - 1400hrs - An afternoon visit to the bird reserve was notable for a cracking adult Little Stint on Burrowes, in front of Firth hide, plus a supporting cast of 13 Dunlins, two Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, Ruff, a family of Egyptian Geese and a Yellow Wagtail amongst 10 alba wags. Elsewhere, a pair of Little Ringed Plovers still had two juvs, a Sparrowhawk briefly flushed the waders and a stunning adult male Marsh Harrier flapped over the access road.
  Over the road on ARC, as the wind picked up with drizzle in the air, hundreds of Swifts and Sand Martins swarmed over the lake. From Screen hide Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin and several Wigeon were amongst a host of common wildfowl, grebes and Coots.

                                Adult Little Stint in front of Firth hide

                                Party of Dunlins

                                Common Sandpiper

                                Egyptian Goose family

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