Thursday, 25 October 2012

Swallows & House Martins

Lade - 0800hrs - Mild, cloudy, ne4 - With only Black Rustics in the trap this morning and the prospect of poor moth`ing weather ahead decide to pack the trap away for the season, which has been a poor one with numbers down by at least a third.
Over the pits the blustery wind made for difficult passerine hunting, but a sheltered area by the ponds did deliver 10 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs. Several groups of Goldfinches over totalled around 100, plus single figures of Redpolls, Siskins and Skylarks. Also of note was a passage of 35 Swallows and 15 House Martins, in three groups, heading north!
On the lakes the usual wildfowl and a couple of Marsh Harriers and a Kestrel hunting over the farmland.
Dunes Road, Greatstone - Checked the cover by the railway line but all I had was a mixed tit flock, a few thrushes, Robins and 20 Chaffinches.
ARC - Another tit flock near Hanson contained several Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs. From the hide several hundred Golden Plovers and Lapwings, plus similar numbers of common wildfowl.
Littlestone - 1600hrs - Checked the foreshore where 5 Ringed Plovers, 20 Barwits, 4 Redshanks, 10 Knots, 50 Dunlins and 30 Sanderlings amongst several hundred Oystercatchers and Curlews. No sign of any owls on the golf links, which was no great surprise what with the north-easter up to a force 6 by now.

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