Sunday, 24 September 2017

Drift migrants

Dungeness - mild, sunny, se 2 - With a light south-easterly airflow there was only one place to start the day - with a seawatch by the hide where plenty of close Gannets and Sandwich Terns were noted, plus a few passing Brents, Common Scoters and Arctic Skuas. On the land a scattering of Chiffchaffs, Reed Buntings, Mipits, Stonechats and Goldfinches were present along with several Grey Wagtails overhead and a Firecrest in the lighthouse garden. A Pied Flycatcher caught in the trapping area was only the second of the autumn, as was a Red-backed Shrike found by DB (who else!) near South View cottage.

                                Pied Flycatcher DBO

                               Red-backed Shrike, which was seen to catch a lizard

Lade - On the local patch a Firecrest in the back garden and the regular Osprey over heading towards Kerton Road were the highlights. On south lake, five Common Terns, a Ruff and Common Sandpiper, plus a scattering of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests in the willow swamp.
A midday visit to the beach by the Varne boat club at Littlestone revealed large numbers of waders feeding in the muddy pools, particularly Ringed Plovers which numbered at least 120.


  1. Hi Paul,

    What is the six figure grid reference for a viewpoint over Lade bay for Barwit and knot ? At low tide I'm guessing too. Website called 'Grid Reference Finder' may help. Thank you very much!

  2. Hi James, the grid reference is TR 082 219 opposite 144 The Parade, Greatstone. Good luck.

  3. And visit there at what time tidewise for knot and barwits ?

  4. It depends on the height of the tide, but a falling tide is best. Allow roughly two hours after high tide for neaps and four hours for springs.