Monday 1 August 2011

Turtle Dove

Lade - 0600 - warm, dry, sunny, e2 - Stacks of wildfowl on south pit including the first Wigeon of the season. Several Common Sandpipers around the margins and a flock of 5 Whimbrel heading south calling.
No real quality in the moth trap, Dark Swordgrass being the only immigrant.
Lydd - The blogs from north Kent suggest that Turtle Doves seem to be doing ok in the Stour at Stodmarsh and along at Oare Marshes. Perhaps they`ve got most of ours as this summer visitor is particularly scarce around the Marsh this year. One reliable site locally is opposite the golf club on the road out of Lydd where a `purring` bird has been regularly seen on overhead wires.
ARC 1645hrs Walking down to Screen hide the immature Peregrine raced overhead, flushing the waders on the shingle ridges. Amongst the swirling Lapwings and Goldies were several LRPs, Dunlins and at least one Wood Sandpiper calling. From the hide 2 eclipse Garganey, Green and Common Sandpipers.

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