Thursday, 15 September 2011

Fiona from Marwell comes to Dungeness

Fiona the Greater Flamingo former resident of Marwell Zoo at Dungeness today.  

 A noticeable increase in the number of birds in the bushes around the peninsular. With personal totals of 17 Common Whitethroat, 9 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Sedge Warblers, 14 Reed Warblers, 30+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 150+ Yellow Wagtails(most on the Dengemarsh Road) 5 Whinchats, 16 Northern Wheatears, 5 Sparrowhawks, 3 Common Buzzards and large numbers of Hirundines over the reserve accompanied by 2+ Hobbys. On the sea no sign of the Long-tailed Skua despite reports to the contrary but 3+ Arctic Skuas hanging around off shore, 2 Little Gulls, 50+ Knot, 7 Sanderling, 1 Black Tern and a few Common, Arctic and Sandwich Terns.
At the ARC from Hanson 2 Ruff, 2 Little Stints, 4 Avocets, 5 Dunlin, 2 Marsh Harriers and the usual mixed flock of 400+ Lapwing and Golden Plover.At the south end first thing this morning 1 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern and 1 Spotted Redshank.

Sparrowhawk trapped at the obs today

Wasp Spider devouring a Grasshopper sp.
There was 3 Clouded Yellows around the Denge Marsh hide this morning also a couple of Wasp Spiders.

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