Tuesday 11 July 2017

Egyptian Goose

Lade - muggy, overcast, sw 4 - A blustery morning and still no rain, as yet. Two Egyptian Geese flying over south lake was a site first; not very exciting as they now breed locally on the bird reserve and at Brett`s and Scotney pits. The Green Sandpiper was still present and plenty of Common Terns continue to fish the lakes for fry.
  Called in at ARC where an adult Curlew Sandpiper was the highlight along with four Dunlins, 100 Lapwings, a Blackwit and eight Little Ringed Plovers, including three recently hatched chicks. On Burrowes two Common Sandpipers were in front of the visitor centre and a Ruff had been seen earlier from Firth. Pulses of Sand Martins streamed through and two well grown Common Tern chicks were being fed on one of the islands. Several Marsh Harriers noted around the site.


  1. "still no rain - as yet"....bet you can't say that this morning! As I write this we've just had over 12 hrs rain here on Sheppey, it still is rainng and there is a cold N. wind blowing. The overnight flight out of drought and summer has been quite dramatic.

  2. Same here too Derek, it started raining at 17.30hrs yesterday and has been hammering away since. Sadly quite a few nestlings have probably come to grief over night, but hopefully the rain will have grounded a few passage waders on the gravel pits. We shall see...