Monday, 15 July 2013

A warm sea!

07.30 at The Patch: No sign of any Little Gulls or Mediterranean Gulls, in fact very little of anything. Just 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Terns and a few Black-headed, Herring and Black Backed Gulls, not even any Harbour Porpoises or Seals. At least the Black Redstart was still singing its heart out at on the power station fence.
Studying the menu
In the observatory the juvenile House Martin now flying around with some encouragement though not exactly chasing after food.
This nest is a bit thin!

No fear of man!
At the ARC highlights were a fly over Greenshank, 7 Little Egrets and the Swallows still in residence at the Screen hide.
Late morning I cycled to the Midrips. At Scotney the highlight was 2 Avocets with the usual Greylag and Canada Geese, Herring Gulls, Mute Swans and a single Black Swan. 2 Yellow wagtails were in with the pigs at Jurys Gap. At The Midrips 25 Avocets, 2 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 4 Ringed Plover and a male Marsh Harrier. I could not see any Shelducklings so I assume the Harrier has had them. On the way back I stopped off at Jurys Gap for swim in the sea and not another person on the beach brilliant! I was surprised at just how warm the water was ! I'll be back in tomorrow.
This evening I cycled down to Springfield Bridge and spent a pleasant hour looking over Dengemarsh, where 3 Marsh Harriers including a juvenile hunted the reed beds. A Hobby made a brief fly through and Common Terns were very active also dozens of Greylags and Canada Geese came in to roost despite the best efforts of an army helicopter to disturb all the birds.

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