Tuesday 8 May 2018

Black-tailed Godwits

Dungeness - 0700 - 0830 hrs - warm, dry and sunny, light airs - Joined MH, CP and SC for a seawatch scanning across a flat calm sea with light so hazy it was difficult to discern the horizon at times. A steady passage of Commic Terns was underway amongst the fishing Sandwich Terns. A few distant Gannets, six Common Scoters, six Little Terns, two Fulmars, 50 Barwits, 30 Sanderlings, 10 Whimbrels and five Grey Plovers also noted. And then, from the east two flocks of 90 and 80 Black-tailed Godwits flew down-Channel, a most unusual record for Dungeness and something I`ve not witnessed before.
  An evening visit for a couple of hours yielded up to four Arctic Skuas milling around offshore chasing terns and sat on the sea. A few Gannets, auks and Kittiwakes went past while down at the Patch 150 terns comprised mainly Common and Sandwich, plus at least 20 Arctic Terns. An immature Glaucous Gull was on the beach behind the Fish Hut (DW).
Lade - 0930hrs - Nothing new here apart from another flock of 50 Black-wits high over the peninsula heading west.

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