Sunday 30 September 2018

Inbound Herons

Lade - cool, sunny, NW 2 - A day of two halves weather wise with clear blue skies to start and a cloudier afternoon in a nippy north-westerly airflow. Moth numbers in the garden trap were much depleted due to a cold night with just five typical autumn species trapped. On the local patch Chiffchaffs were the most numerous migrant with up to 30 across the site and the majority around the ponds where also Great Spotted Woodpecker and Cetti`s Warbler. A Kingfisher zipped across south lake where two Great Whites and a Little Egret fished. The oddest sighting though was of six Grey Herons that flew in high from the east, as if they`d just crossed the Channel, and eventually landing behind the wall `mirror`.
  At Dungeness around noon from the boardwalk 20 Gannets fishing offshore, a steady trickle of Sandwich Terns west and two Arctic Skuas on the take. At least six Harbour Porpoises noted and a pair of Ravens over cronking.
  This afternoon an hour off the Lade boardwalk at high tide delivered up to six Grey Seals close in and two distant Harbour Porpoises further out along with Gannets, Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas. A single Red-throated Diver crossed the bay while several small flocks of Dunlins and Sanderlings moved along the shore when disturbed by walkers.

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