Thursday, 16 August 2018

Black Terns

Dungeness/Lade - mild, cloudy, SW 3 - Started off at the point where the first of the days Black Terns noted at the Patch along with 20 Common Terns and a few Sandwich Terns. Offshore a trickle of terns and Gannets west bound.
  On the bird reserve, from Hanson hide, the highlights were at least three Wood Sandpipers and a Spotted Redshank amongst 78 Golden Plovers, 200 Lapwings, two Redshanks, Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. Also on the islands a Med Gull and Garganey, plus a Black-necked Grebe and Black Tern on the lake. On Burrowes four more Black Terns and hundreds of Common Terns.
  A one hour seawatch from the fishing boats this afternoon produced a steady flow of terns, Gannets and Kittiwakes, plus four Arctic Skuas.