Friday, 27 April 2018

Pied Flycatcher

Dungeness - cool, cloudy, occasional showers, SE 2- 0545 - 0815hrs - With a hide full of expectant locals it was yet another disappointing seawatch, despite the runes suggesting otherwise. However,  six Arctic Skuas, four Bonxies and two Manx Shearwaters, all distant, were the highlights plus a steady trickle of Gannets, auks, Common and Sandwich Terns, Common Scoters, plus a few Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Red-throated Divers.
  The land was again quiet although a female Pied Flycatcher at the Long Pits prompted something of a local twitch, such as been their scarcity value in recent springs.

                                Sunrise over the Channel

                                Pied Flycatcher, Long Pits

Lade - An afternoon visit during a rain shower delivered 100 hirundines and 20 Swifts, none with any pale rumps or bellies though. As soon as the shower stopped they moved off high to the north.
A Cuckoo was belting it out in the Willow Swamp and five Whimbrels flew over calling, otherwise just the usual birds.

                                New signage, Lade

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