Tuesday 1 August 2017

Bits and pieces

Lade - warm, dry and sunny, sw 2 - A very pleasant day with warm sunshine throughout. The best of last nights low moth count in the garden MV included Jersey Tiger and Brown-line Bright Eye. A circuit of the local patch produced Green and Common Sandpiper around the margins, 12 Little Egrets in the willows and a juvenile Marsh Harrier bathing in the willow swamp shallows.
Dungeness - On the bird reserve this afternoon machinery was being off loaded for the Re-Tern Project. On Burrowes Common Terns were still feeding young on one of the islands, while Common and Wood Sandpiper, Dunlin, Blackwit and LRP were all present around the lake, plus Willow Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat in the bankside scrub. Elsewhere, a Spoonbill was on Dengemarsh and a Garganey on ARC.
Walland Marsh - I checked the bay late afternoon where at least 220 Sandwich Terns were on the beach, several of which sported yellow colour rings, plus two Arctic Terns and 15 Common Terns.
A run out on the Marsh this evening with CP in perfect weather conditions resulted in at least three Turtle Doves around Midley. Elsewhere, there were plenty of Reed Buntings in the ditches and field beans along with lesser numbers of Yellowhammers, Corn Buntings, Tree Sparrows and Yellow Wagtails. Several Buzzards were noted, plus Marsh Harrier, Kestrel and Little Owl. By far the most numerous migrant was Sand Martin with hundreds feeding over the crops along with scores of Swifts and a large flock of Starlings.

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