Thursday, 16 September 2021

Arctic Skuas

 Lade - warm, dry and sunny, W2 - Trudging around the local patch these past few days has produced very slim pickings indeed with a paucity of migrants at what should be the peak migration period. A handful of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in the willow swamp, a trickle of Yellow Wagtails, Meadow Pipits and Wheatears on the shingle ridges and a few pulses of Swallows has been about the best we could muster; even most of the wildfowl seem to have dispersed from the lakes. It hasn`t been much better at Dungeness either, at least on the land, with two visits around the Trapping Area and Desert yielding similar fare to Lade, plus a few Lesser Whitethroats, two Whinchats and a couple of Grey Wagtails over. Mercifully the sea has been a little better with anything between 10 and 30 Arctic Skuas most days harrying the Sandwich Terns, alongside a trickle of Gannets, Kittiwakes and Common Scoters rounding the point. 

                                 Peacock and Small Copper, Lade

The garden moth trap has also been poor of late, although butterflies seem to be having a last hurrah in the warm sunshine with plenty of Red Admirals and Small Coppers on the wing and several Clouded Yellows on the track down to the pines at ARC. 

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