Tuesday, 4 June 2013

North Easterly becoming Tedious!

 First thing this morning the cold North Easterly still blowing The Point was very quiet. Very little new in the bushes but still a trickle of Swallows coming in. The Black Redstart was still singing behind The Patch hide and on The Patch just 15 Common Terns, 1 Sandwich Tern, a few Black Headed Gulls and a few larger Gulls. By the Converter Station 30+ Linnets, 4 Wheatears and a Peregrine. At the south end of the ARC 6 Teal and Little Ringed Plover of note. The Willow Trail held many Damselflys and a few Dragons, from Hanson nothing of note, except that the water levels are definitely dropping and there could be some islands in few weeks if this dry weather continues.
From the screen hide scores of Swifts could be seen over the lakes and beyond, also c20 House Martins and nearby the Little Owl was sun bathing. 2 hours spent sky watching from the garden (10.00-11.00 and 14.00-15.00) was not very productive, except for a Cuckoo that a spent a couple of minutes in the hedge opposite. Today was first day in a while that I have not recorded a Hobby from the garden.
Late this afternoon I cycled to Camber scanning the Scotney complex and its shores on the way, finding nothing of note. Camber sands held 8 Redshank and 5 Grey Plover. On the way back I went to the Midrips where there were 2 Wheatear, 6 Avocet, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a few more Redshank and 6+ Ringed Plover.
While getting my things together for a day trip to Northern France tomorrow the base of my telescope snapped off. I have heard of this happening, but doubt I will be able to get it fixed before my birding trip to Turkey in just over 2 weeks time!  

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