Monday, 7 May 2018

A view from the tower

Dungeness - hot, dry and sunny, NE 2 - 0700-0830hrs - A poor seawatch by Dungeness standards, in hazy light conditions, revealed singles of Bonxie and Arctic Skua, several small parties of Barwits and Whimbrels, four Manx, five Little Terns, two Common Scoters, a few Gannets, a Fulmar and passing Commic Terns amongst the fishing Sandwich Terns.
 A couple of Pomarine Skuas were reported this morning, while down Channel at Splash Point several small flocks were logged during the late afternoon/early evening heading our way (ME).

                               Little Egrets and Grey Herons, Lydd

Lydd - Spent the rest of the morning atop the `Cathedral of the Marsh` in roasting weather conditions on the RSPB Heronwatch. At least 14 nests of Grey Herons and five Little Egrets occupied three sites across the heronry with most of the activity right under the tower in the Holm Oaks on the corner of Dennes Lane. A steady procession of visitors made the long climb up the tower staircase to view the herons and egrets and surrounding landscape, including the staff from Dungeness Bird Observatory!
  Also noted good numbers of Starlings, House Martins and Swallows hawking insects, plus distant Common Buzzard, Hobby and Kestrel.

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