Thursday, 30 May 2013

Still Cold and Miserable

Another cold miserable day at Dungeness so much so that I never lifted the camera once. 20minutes spent in the rain early morning saw just a few Sandwich and Common Terns feeding off shore, 18 Gannets moving west and 4+ Harbour Porpoises.
A look around the Gorse bushes and the Lighthouse garden drew a blank.
At the ARC scores of Swifts and a few Hirundines, 3 Hobby's still at the Tower Pits, a Cuckoo and the usual reed bed warblers.
On the reserve from Dennis's Hide a single Sandwich Tern, 15+ Common Terns and many more Swifts.
This afternoon a cycle ride down Dengemarsh Road saw 2 Yellow wagtails and a Corn Bunting by the racing track entrance. Round the Hayfields a drake Garganey, 2 very hungry looking Hobby's hunched up on the perimeter fence,  but no sign of any of the Lapwing chicks. From Dengemarsh hide I counted 20+ sitting Common terns on the rafts with a single Oystercatcher and a pair of Common Gulls that have commandeered a raft to them selves,  the Bittern was still booming and 2+ Marsh Harrriers were quartering the reed beds.
There seems to be a fair number of well advanced Cormorant young in the bush nesting colony on Burrowes Pit also still many Swifts there.    

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