Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Lade - 0700hrs - warm, dry and sunny - Another good night with a variety of moths coming to light in the garden trap, including Buff-tip and White-point new for the year.
Dungeness - 0800hrs - A wander down to The Patch delivered the usual motley collection of Herring and black-back gulls plus 50 Black-heads on the beach along with a couple of Sandwich and Common Terns. On the land a migrant Chiffchaff on the power station fence and a pair of Black Redstarts feeding young inside the compound.
Whilst strolling back to the car news came through of a female Red-breasted Flycatcher in a private garden. Another great find by DB and new for his already impressive garden list. The small group of locals had to wait around a bit before the flicker showed, on and off, in the dense garden foliage and throughout the day.

                                          Red-breasted Flycatcher by Dave Bunney

                                          Buff-tip, Plovers

                                          White-point, Plovers

                                         Common Blue, Kerton Road Cafe flower meadow

RSPB - 1100hrs At the southern end of ARC singles of Blackwit, Lapwing and 2 Ringed Plovers. Had a look for the RCP from Springfield Bridges without joy, but a Raven over and 2 Garganey on the lake.
Keron Road Pit - 1600hrs Counted at least 30 Black-headed Gulls nests on the main island but no sign of any juvs yet. Did note well grown chicks of Oystercather and Lapwing, plus 2 Barwits and 5 Curlews.

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