Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Quiet on the sea!

En route to The Point first thing this morning I stopped at the south end of the ARC where the Pectoral Sandpiper was happily feeding and was still there this evening.
Sea watching from the concrete road was poor, so myself and AJG made our way to The Patch. Along the perimeter fence 5 Black Redstarts, 4 Wheatears and c30 Linnets. 
Over The Patch 7+ Black Terns, 3+ Arctic Terns and 2 Little Gulls among the Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls. Offshore 2+ Arctic Skuas and a Few Gannets.
Pectoral Sandpiper at the south end of the ARC
Around the reserve of note 3 Ruff, 3 Black-necked Grebes, a Great White Egret, a Peregrine, 2+Hobby's, 2+ Marsh Harriers, up 7 Common Buzzards, 6 Common Whitethroats, a Whinchat and still good numbers of Sand Martins.
In couple of visits to the ARC 150+ Golden Plover, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshanks, 6 Ruff, a Hobby, 15+ Dunlin and a Little Stint. In the bushes a few Chiffchaffs.
An afternoon visit to Pigwell was disappointing even though the water levels look good for waders.
At Scotney still 14 Egyptian Geese, a 1000+ Greylags and 300+ Canada Geese not a pretty sight!

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