Friday 2 June 2023

Swifts and hirundines

Lade - cool, cloudy, NE 4 - The cool, northerly airflow shows no sign of relenting, however, it did deliver `hundreds` of House Martins, Swallows and Swifts over south lake, by far the most I`ve seen this spring, but I couldn`t find anything unusual in their midst, apart from a couple of Sand Martins. A Greylag Goose had goslings on the water along with a Coot and Mallard, while several Cuckoos were active around the willow swamp and reedbed. Moving onto a windswept Dungeness and a walk down to The Patch produced a few Black-headed Gulls over the boil and a trickle of passing Gannets further out. A flock comprising a couple of hundred of mixed gulls and Cormorants on the beach would normally harbour some terns, but not in this tern-depleted summer.

                                   Greylag with goslings, Lade

More Swifts and House Martins were swirling over ARC as we drove across the causeway road. It was a case of more of the same over Boulderwall fields where a Great White Egret, my first for a while, was sat at the far end of Cooks Pool. Plenty more feral geese goslings were on the wetlands, where Shelduck, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Lapwing and Oystercatcher were also noted.

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