Friday 22 June 2018

The Gully

Dengemarsh Gully - warm, dry and sunny, NW 2 - An early start to check the gully for singing Cetti`s Warblers before they pack up singing for the summer revealed, as expected, two males. That makes a grand total of 58 singers across the Dungeness RSPB, plus another five at Lade, which is a similar figure to the previous survey three years ago. Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats both had young at the northern end of the gully along with several pairs of Linnets and Reed Buntings, while a juvenile Wheatear was seen at Penn Bars being fed by an adult. Also noted, Raven, Peregrine and a steady flow of Sandwich Terns off shore heading towards Rye carrying fish.

                                Cock Linnet, Dengemarsh Gully

Lade - All quiet here with the usual post-breeding build up Pochards on the water, but still very few Cootlets and ducklings and no grebelets so far. Something must be clobbering the juvenile waterfowl as even the Mute Swans haven't been successful this year.
 The wind swung around to the east this evening where a visit to the beach on an incoming tide delivered a few Oystercatchers and Curlews flying to roost, plus passing Common and Sandwich Terns.

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