Thursday, 22 May 2014

Stormy Day!

A short sea watch 07.00-07.30 and early breakfast this morning as little was passing at sea and I had forgotten my coat.
At Scotney at the Kent end 6 adult Avocets with 5 young, a Redshank and 2 Ringed Plovers. At the Sussex end 5 adult Avocets, a Greenshank and 2 Little Egrets.   
Sedge Warbler at the top of hay field 3
1 of at least 6 Hobby's over Dengemarsh
Dengemarsh late morning a Garganey on Hayfield 3, Bearded Tits, Sedge and Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings by the gate. Over Dengemarsh 50+ Swifts and up to 6 camera shy Hobby's, which were probably new in as they disappeared as soon as the sun came out. From the viewing ramp 2 Cuckoo's and the usual Warblers and Marsh Harriers. 
Common Tern from Dennis's Hide
Thunderstorm over the VC
This afternoon I sat it out in Dennis's Hide while a couple of thunderstorms passed over. As the storm approached c100 Swifts were over Burrowes and New diggings, but quickly disappeared during the storm only to reappear as soon as it passed. A Black Tern on Burrowes was not as obliging as the c 40 Common Terns there,
Black Tern over Burrowes after the storm

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