Monday, 22 July 2013


At The Patch this morning 2 Roseate Terns were the highlight, with a supporting cast of 3 Little Gulls, 7+ Mediterranean Gulls among the Black-headed Gulls. A few Gannets were fishing off shore and 40+ Common Scoter flew east, the Black Redstart is still behind the hide but not so vocal. The mystery seal was still present swimming around the back edge of the boil.
The 2 Roseates being moved by the rising tide
 A visit to the fishing boats over the high tide found just a few Sandwich Terns and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. The highlight for me being a swim in the warm sea.
The screen hide Swallows
   The highlights at the ARC in 3 visits today were 2 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Little Egrets and a Marsh Harrier. In the screen hide the young Swallows growing fast.
The juvenile House Martin that Patrick and DW nurtured was accidentally chased out of the observatory last week by a visitor who thought it was trapped! It has not been seen since!  
This afternoon the Great White Egret could be seen on Dengemarsh from Springfield bridge but little else of note.

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