Wednesday 20 September 2017

Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps

Dungeness -mild, cloudy, light airs - The perfect morning for a few grounded migrants you might think and while there were plenty of commoners on show such as Mipits, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps there was nothing of real quality. Hirundines were numerous and the Obs staff were kept busy ringing Swallows caught in the moat. Also noted around the point a scattering of Pied Wagtails, Robins, Linnets and Stonechats, plus singles of Goldcrest, Sedge Warbler, Wheatear and Grey Wagtail.
A cursory glance at the sea revealed a few passing Gannets and a flock of 13 Common Scoters.
Lade - Plenty of grebes here along three Common Terns, four Redshanks and more Chiffchaffs in the willows.
  We finished a most enjoyable three day Birdwatching Break for Clare and Peter with 102 species of birds and a typical range of September migrants.

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