Saturday, 14 June 2014

A Grey Day!

A thoroughly grey and cool wander down to The Patch this morning a 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull, also the first juvenile Black-headed Gull. Over the boil again just a handful of Common Terns with the Black-headed Gulls. Off shore just 2 Gannets and 15 Common Scoter.
A short stop at the south end of the ARC produced 2 eclipse drake Garganey hiding in the Crassula with a handful of Shoveler and Gadwall. I missed the 2 Red-crested Pochard that were there.
I cycled out to Scotney and out along the back of the farm where Corn Bunting, Skylark and Yellow Wagtail seem quite plentiful and couple of Hobby's entertained. At least 4 pairs of Avocets still sitting on the Island. Once I was past the lake the sheep fields were birdless apart from an overflying Marsh Harrier. At the Sussex end of the main pit the the 3 pairs of of Avocets appear to have lost all there chicks. At the Kent end 2 chicks have fledged and the other 3 are well on the way.
This evenings wander around Dengemarsh found the now usual eclipse ducks, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Redshanks on the Hay fields. The Common Terns were particularly noisy this evening  when the sun finally broke through.   

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