Thursday, 31 May 2012


At The Patch this morning in a brisk south westerly a few Common and Sandwich Terns and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were the highlights. On the power station perimeter fence 2 Black Redstarts and a Northern Wheatear.
Round the bushes and Lighthouse garden a Sparrowhawk spooked the local Linnets and the resident Common Whitethroats.
At the south end of the ARC Pit the water level is starting to drop as the Herring Gulls nest is now on dry land also there 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, an Oystercatcher, a Lapwing and a Dunlin.
Round the reserve the wind was still blowing no sign of yesterdays Squacco Heron, plenty of Tree Sparrows and the Bitterns seem to be more in evidence, hopefully they are feeding young and 20+ pairs of Common Terns on the Dengemarsh rafts. At the viewing ramp a family party of Bearded Tits, 3+ Hobbys, 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Little Egrets and all the usual warblers also several Hares.
Across Walland more Tree Sparrows,  4+ Hobbys, 2 Marsh Harriers, a Turtle Dove, several Yellow Wagtails, Yellowhammers and Corn Buntings.

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