Tuesday 10 May 2016

May migrants

Dungeness - muggy, drizzle, e 3 - Started the day on the beach opposite Jarman`s for Wheatear and Mipit, which we soon nailed despite the murky weather conditions, plus Stock Dove and Pied Wagtail.
At the Patch 500 Common Terns made for a fine spectacle as they worked the scum line and sat on the beach allowing close scrutiny for any oddities. At least 10 spanking Black Terns were also in attendance coming and going.

                                Black Terns, Patch

RSPB - At Boulderwall the usual Tree Sparrows were logged, while from the access road two Whimbrels showed well and a steady trickle was heard going over throughout the day along with two Greenshanks. More Common Terns were on Burrowes, plus several parties of Swifts overhead, and a laggard Wigeon and three Egyptian Geese were amongst the common wildfowl.
Dengemarsh delivered our first Hobbies of the spring with up to eight feeding on flying insects and sat atop posts on the field opposite the viewing ramp, where Cuckoo, Whitethroat, Cetti`s, Reed and Sedge Warblers all noted. Four Med Gulls flew over calling and at least six Sedge Warblers sang from the bramble scrub near the hide. Unfortunately, two of the `tern` rafts have been commandeered by Common Gulls leaving the smallest raft in front of the hide for the Common Terns. On the hayfields the highlight was three Garganey on hayfield 3 with Lapwings, Redshanks, Little Egrets and Oystercatchers elsewhere. Several Marsh Harriers and Raven were also noted. Over the road on ARC all was quiet apart from a Cuckoo and 10 Common Terns over the lake.

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