Sunday, 22 September 2013

Another day of Hirundines

07.30-09.30 I did the WeBs count at The Midrips and Wicks it was very disappointing, if it had not been for all the Hirundines and Meadow Pipits it would have been a very long walk. On the bright side I managed a year tick in the form of a Rock Pipit (scarce at Dungeness) by the security block house.
Next stop The Patch where 2 Little Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 3+ Arctic Terns among the Common Terns, 26 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua could be seen. On the perimeter fence 5 Chiffchaffs and 3 Wheatears. 
The bushes from the ARC car park up to the pines held c40 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Common Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. Overhead masses of Hirundines. From the screen hide 3 Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint, 4 Ruff and 5 Dunlin.
 In 2 visits to Hanson early afternoon and this evening 2 Little Stints, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 6 Ruff, 31 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Grenshank, c100 Golden Plover, 15 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, a Peregrine a Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail and 2 Egyptian Geese.
31 Knot flushed by a Peregrine
 On Burrowes this evening 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Ruff, a Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harriers and 4 Black-necked Grebes.
3 of the 4 Black-necked Grebes present this evening,

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