Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Sunshine and Showers!

A very brief look at the sea this morning after another birder had spent an hour there and seen nothing.
A wander around the bushes saw at least 5 Spotted Flycatchers (2 at the south end of the Long Pits and 3 at the north end) 2 Willow warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps a Garden Warbler 10+ Common Whitethroats, 32 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin and 1 Hobby. At West Beach a pair of Black Redstarts.  
 Black Redstarts at West Beach

1 of at least 5 Spotted Flycatchers in the Sallows today 
 Yellow Wagtails Scotney
A brief look at the south end of the ARC saw the 2 roving Egyptian Geese drop in but little else of note.
Dengemarsh from Springfield Bridge 2 Hobbys and a Marsh harrier of note.
At Scotney a surprise in the form of a drake Garganey in the middle of the lake, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Avocet, 6 Ringed Plovers and 2 Yellow Wagtails.
An early evening visit to The Midrips saw 46 Shelduck, 6 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Coot, 2 Greylags, 4 Mute Swans, 4 Wheatears, 4 Meadow Pipits, 7 Swallows, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plovers, 4 Avocet and 1 Grey Plover in its summer finery. Considering the habitat once again The Midrips disappoints, at least there was no wind battering me today.

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