Monday, 17 June 2013

Back on the Bike

 09.00-09.30 at The Patch:
Gannets: c30
Common Scoter: 7E
Common Tern: c50
Black Redstart: 1
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 2
Still singing for a mate and starting to look tatty.
At the fishing boats just a few Common and Sandwich Terns fishing off shore. 
The south end of the ARC  yesterdays Swifts had all but gone leaving just the usual eclipse ducks and 2 Little Egrets.
A cycle ride this afternoon through Dengemarsh round the reserve to the ARC and home, found at Dengemarsh 4+ Hobby's taking St Marks flies and Damsels, on the rafts c30 pairs of Common Terns have started hatching chicks also the Common Gulls looked as though they had at least 1 chick, 2 Marsh Harriers hunted the reed beds and a Cuckoo was still singing. At the ARC in the Willow Trail clouds of newly emerged Damsels and a happy Great Tit taking beak fulls back to a nearby nest. The Swallows are still building in the Screen hide and I just missed a returning Green Sandpiper, a Cuckoo flew towards the tower. The water levels are steadily dropping leaving one pair of Great Crested Grebes high and dry and very vulnerable to predation. 

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