Friday, 30 August 2013

Swallows & Martins

Lade - 0700hrs - mild, dry and sunny, sw 2 - 4 Following a muggy, still night it was no surprise that the trap was full of moths this morning including Gold Spot, Dark Sword-grass and White-point.
Slim pickings on the bird migration front apart from the first noticeable Swallow movement of the autumn (c100 south), plus 30 Sand Martins over south lake and Green Sandpiper and Greenshank around the margins. A scattering of Willow Warblers and Common Whitethroats, 5 Yellow Wagtails and a Whimbrel over was about it.

                                        White-point, Lade

Rye Harbour NR - Had to go to Rye station this morning, so called in at the beach reserve. All the expected waders including 200 Golden Plovers, 5 Grey Plovers, 2 Greenshanks and a Whimbrel. Several Yellow Wagtails, Wheatears, Linnets and a Mipit also noted on Flat Beach.
NB: A Wryneck was reported from Galloways this morning with another on Dungeness (MH). On the bird reserve Great White Egret and Black-necked Grebe and a scattering of waders on ARC.

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