Monday, 28 August 2017

Pectoral Sandpiper

Lade - 0630hrs - hot, dry, sunny, light airs - A few grounded migrants around the local patch early on comprised mainly Willow Warblers and Common Whitethroats. On the Desert two Wheatears and a Whinchat present, while several pulses of Swallows headed south after dipping down to drink on south lake. Great White Egret and Common Sandpiper noted around the margins, plus all the usual Little Egrets, grebes and Grey Herons, five Common Terns and a Whimbrel over.
ARC - 1500hrs - A sultry afternoon across the peninsula was far from ideal for birding. I wouldn't normally venture on to the bird reserve on a Bank Holiday, but the lure of a Pectoral Sandpiper was too great. As it happened the views from Hanson hide were dreadful and apart from a Whimbrel and three Garganeys all was quiet.
  Terrific entertainment on the bay this evening, from the Tavern viewpoint, where up to four Arctic Skuas were raiding the terns on the beach. At least 300 Sandwich and 50 Common Terns were present.
  In other news, OL had a party of Bee-eaters flying over New Romney this morning.

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