Monday, 19 August 2013

A few more Migrants

Dungeness  - 0645hrs - warm, dry and sunny, nw 2 -With nobody in last night and no breakies to cook decided on a change of scene this morning and headed down the point. The Patch was packed out with common gulls, plus a juv Mediterranean, but hardly any terns. Several Willow Warblers along the powers station wall, in the lighthouse garden and around the moat, plus singles of Whinchat and Wheatear and a few Yellow Wagtails overhead.
                                Golden Plovers, ARC

                                Wheatear, Dungeness

                                Willow Warbler, DBO

ARC - From Hanson hide a decent spread of passage waders which kept being flushed by a couple of Marsh Harriers. The bulk comprised 500 Lapwing and 65 Golden Plover, plus 10 Common Sandpipers, 5 LRP and Ringed Plover and singles of Dunlin, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff and Greenshank. Also, 8 Little Egret, Hobby, Black-necked Grebe and Garganey.
Burrowes  -Highlights here were Blackwit and Little Gull, plus what appeared to be a Jersey Tiger on the VC window.
Dungeness - 1400hrs - As Balearic Shearwaters were noted offshore this morning thought I`d give it a go from the boats for an hour. However, just a trickle of Gannets, Common and Sandwich Terns on the move plus 2 Black Terns, Kittiwake and Fulmar. A Grey Seal was feeding close to shore along with 3 Harbour Porpoises.

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