Friday 9 September 2011

Bird Tour Weekend

Lade  - 1000hrs - mild, muggy, sunshine, mist and low cloud, sw3 -What a strange old day for weather with muggy air off the Atlantic bringing in pulses of low cloud and rolling mist. Over the back a small movement of Mipits and 2 Wheatears.
Ran the trap last night (after four blank nights due to the weather) but nothing much apart from L-album Wainscot.
ARC 1300hrs Three birders in for the weekend. We started off at ARC with a stroll down to the pines which produced 2 Spotted Flycatchers amongst a flock of tits and Chiffchaffs, a Wheatear, a fly-over Raven and a Marsh Harrier. From Screen all the usual wildfowl and Little Egrets.
Several Common Lizards from the Willow Trail, Red Admiral and plenty of Migrant Hawkers. In front of Hanson 500 Lapwings, 220 Goldies, 10 Dunlins, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Turnstone, 2 Arctic Terns, 2 Marsh Harriers, Goosander, Cetti`s and Sedge Warblers and brief views of the Cattle Egret. Also, a trickle of Sand Martins and Swallows, plus a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a power line pole. Couldnt find the reported Pec Sandpiper tho.
Littlestone - 1630hrs The usual Curlews, Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers, Turnstones, Knots and Barwits, plus 20 Sandwich Terns and hundreds of gulls.
Lade North - 1730hrs - Nothing much of note here apart from a large Grass Snake.
                                          L-album Wainscot, Plovers

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