Wednesday 16 April 2014

Bar-tailed Godwits

Lade - 0600hrs - cold, dry and sunny, warmer later, e3 - A pre-breakfast walk over the pits yielded very little on the passerine front due to a biting east wind. I could however hear the distant `boom` of a Bittern from Tower pits, while two Marsh Harriers were already hunting the rough land behind the `mirrors`. On south lake just the usual ducks and grebes.
New Romney - A pair of Buzzards were calling and displaying over the northern edge of the town around midday, while Blackcap and Chiffchaff were both in song.
Scotney - The long-staying Long-tailed Duck was on the far bank of the small pit on the eastern side of the farm road this afternoon and two Little Gulls were amongst the Black-heads hawking  emerging insects, plus several Swallows. On the roadside grass three Avocets, Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers, Redshanks and Shelducks were noted, but best of all was two single figure flocks of migrant Bar-tailed Godwits, several of which were in summer plum. Others were noted off the point this morning along with Whimbrels and a light passage of Little Terns.
Dungeness  - With Little Terns in mind I joined PB and MH on the concrete road for a seawatch, but it was dead with just a few distant Gannets and Sandwich Terns.

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