Sunday, 25 August 2013

Pied Flycatchers

In several stops today at the south end of the ARC 5 Greenshanks, 2 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, a Black-necked Grebe and 3 Little Egrets.
Greenshanks at south end of the ARC
 At The Patch 6+ Black Terns (100+ recorded early morning past) 1 Little Gull, 20+ Commic Terns, a distant dark phase Arctic Skua and 3 Balearic Shearwaters west (c15 recorded today).
Another hour from the fishing boats this afternoon saw only 1 pale phase Arctic Skua of note.
From Hanson just 1 Whimbrel and 2 Ringed Plovers though a couple of Marsh Harriers had spooked just about everything.
Pied Flycatcher Galloways
 My totals of passerine migrants for The Point, ARC, The reserve including walking the track from Hookers to Lydd, Galloways, Dengemarsh and Scotney today:
Willow Warblers: 25+
Chiffchaff: 2
Common Whitethroat: 25+
Lesser Whitethroat: 2
Garden Warbler: 3
Whinchat: 14 (25+ reported)
Stonechat: 2
Pied Flycatcher: 3
Redstart: 1
Yellow Wagtail: 80+
Sand Martin: 100s
A call from DW doing his WEBs  about 2 presumably escaped Ruddy Shelducks at Scotney at the back of the lake immediately west of concrete road to Bretts.
Pied Flycatcher Dengemarsh
 Returning to Galloways this evening with no one around the Pied Flycatchers were very obliging for the camera.
Pied Flycatcher Galloways

Sand Martins over the garden

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