Monday 14 August 2017

Juvenile Cuckoo

Dungeness - 0730hrs - warm, dry and sunny - A walk around the peninsula in warm sunshine, light airs and not a soul about was pleasant enough if lacking in birds. A couple each of Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail and Mipit was about all we could muster opposite Jarman`s. In the lighthouse garden a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat in the moat and a few Sand Martins out. The Patch was quiet and a few terns and Gannets drifted passed offshore.
  On the way off the estate a juv Cuckoo flew over the road opposite the Fish Hut and landed on overhead wires. Within in a minute it dropped down into the scrub and flew back up with what looked like a large caterpillar. This is the first Cuckoo I`ve seen since the adults left a month or so ago.

                                Juvenile Cuckoo with prey, Dungeness

                                Latticed Heath, an irregular visitor to the garden MV

Lade - The garden MV was loaded with common moths this morning with a Latticed Heath being the best of the bunch. Nothing much on the local patch today apart from a few Willow Warblers.
With high tide around 4pm a sea swim in the bay was most welcome this afternoon, complete with Sandwich Terns plunge diving nearby.

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