Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Two Red-rumped Swallows and a Roseate Tern

Dungeness - 0900hrs - cool, cloudy, w3 -Spent the morning on the estate mopping up the little `uns with our visiting birders. Eventually got Mipit, Skylark, Stonechat, Wheatear and Black Redstart. At the Patch located a Roseate Tern on the beach amongst the gulls, plus 100 Common, 5 Arctic Terns and a Kittiwake.
RSPB - 1300hrs - Superb views of 2 Red-rumped Swallows feeding over the fields near Boulderwall amongst a large mixed flock of Swifts and House Martins which had moved south to avoid showers over the Weald. Also, 3 Little Gulls on the reserve, Whimbrel, Cuckoo and Stonechat.
Greatstone Beach - 1930hrs - A decent count of waders on the beach this evening, most in summer plum, including 2 Grey Plover, 10 Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 10 Redshank, 15 Ringed Plover, 5 Knot, 1 Barwit, 100 Oystercatcher and 50 Curlew.

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