Thursday 23 May 2019

Ringed Plovers

Dungeness - warm, dry and sunny, sw 2 - This spring I`ve been surveying breeding Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers for RSPB, primarily on their land where so far four pairs of Ringed have been located, plus another pair on the Desert at Lade. Along the foreshore this species has to avoid disturbance from us humans and our four-legged friends, most of it unintentional it has to be said, and so far I`ve only found one pair between Greatstone beach and The Pilot; however, wandering around between the lifeboat station and the lighthouse this morning I came across another pair. It really is quite incredible that Ringed Plovers survive here at all as a breeding species, but long may they continue to do so.

                                     Ringed Plover and Crimson Clover, Dungeness

 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear and Skylark were all flying to and fro with food for juveniles. Also called in at the Obs to pay homage to the spectacular Crimson Clover plants in full flower.
  This afternoon on the way home from the allotment we stopped off at the Screen hide from where it was good to see a few pairs of Common Terns on the new raft, despite the presence of several Herring Gulls. Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier and a flyover Bittern also noted. Other news today concerned a Bee-eater flying over the point this morning (DB).

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