Thursday 11 August 2011

Sand Martins and Swallows

Dungeness - 0800hrs - cool, cloudy, sw5 -The autumnal weather continues with a brisk south-westerly blowing in occasional showers. A brief seawatch from the hide with Wednesday Barry delivered a steady westwards passage of Common and Sandwich Terns, Kitts, Gannets and 2 Little Terns; a Balearic and 2 Arctic Skuas had put in an appearance earlier.
An hour from the boats this afternoon saw a similar movement to this mornings Gannets and terns.
ARC - 0930hrs - Several hundred Sand Martins and the first decent passage of Swallows of the autumn, some of which landed in the car park, fences and gates. Checked the site from Screen, Hanson and the causeway with limited success: 10 Dunlins, 8 LRPs, 5 Green and 2 Common Sands, 2 Blackwits, Little Stint, Goosander and Little Gull.
                                         juv Swallow, ARC

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