Thursday, 22 August 2019

Grebe fest

Lade - warm, dry, sunny, sw - 4 - The garden moth trap continues to be disappointing with few in both numbers and variety coming to light. Over the back the main event was a three figure count of Great Crested Grebes at 102 (including juvs) across all waters, plus 23 Little and one Black-necked Grebe as well as 365 Pochards. In contrast warbler numbers were disappointing by the ponds. Around the Willow Swamp, six Little Egrets and a Green Sandpiper.

                                Juvenile Great Crested Grebe

  Called in at Hanson hide mid-morning where five Greenshanks, two Wood Sandpipers, three Ruffs, Common and Green Sandpipers, Dunlin, Blackwit, Water Rail and six Garganeys the highlights. Elsewhere, a Pied Flycatcher was noted in a garden at Dungeness (DB).

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