Saturday, 19 August 2017

Eider duck

Lade - warm, dry and sunny, w 4 - Another breezy day across the peninsula with a shower or two in the afternoon. The Common Tern flock was still on south lake this morning, while the egret/heron count was 14 Little, two Great White and 12 Grey. Had superb views of an adult Hobby that careered across the lake in hot pursuit of a Pied Wagtail that narrowly avoided death by diving into cover. Marsh Harrier and Sparrowhawk also noted hunting around the site.

                                Curlews disturb by Marsh Harrier

ARC - Called in to Hanson hide on the way back from the allotment around midday where the only migrant of note was a Garganey amongst the dabbling duck flock. All in all very quiet.

                                Eider duck on the foreshore, Dungeness

Dungeness - A one hour seawatch from the boats this afternoon with the regulars delivered a steady flow of Sandwich and Common Terns, Kittiwakes and Gannets, plus several Fulmars and Arctic Skuas and a party each of Sand Martins and Swifts outward bound. An Eider duck on the foreshore was particularly noteworthy and an unusual record for the time of year, as was a Leach`s Petrel that was noted just before we arrived.

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