Friday, 31 July 2015

Eastern Promise unfullfilled!

 Red-legged Partridge, Cockles Bridge.
First thing this morning as I headed for the beach, as I pulled into Cockles Bridge to watch a couple of Marsh Harriers, a Red-legged Partridge landed on a shed roof remaining just long enough for me to grab the camera for a couple of shots, which is more than the Marsh Harriers did.
At The Patch a couple of juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were over the boil, but not a single Tern or Mediterranean Gull.
The ESE wind did not bring the hoped for fall of migrants, in a walk around the trapping area found 7+ Willow Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a few Common Whitethroats, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine and couple of groups of Hirundines moving over.
 Little Grebes on the dipping pool
On the reserve a family of Little Grebes were showing well on the dipping pool, another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull  was over the lake and a Wood Sandpiper from Firth, which eventually showed well this evening. Also this evening the Great White Egret was on Dengemarsh ,also a Bittern and a couple of Bearded Tits. Across the road on the ARC another Wood Sandpiper, a Common and Green Sandpiper, a Little Stint and a 2 Little Ringed Plovers all from the Screen.

 Wood Sandpiper, Firth.
This afternoon while I was soaking up the gloriously warm sunshine, with a supply of cold drinks in my garden listening to England beating the Aussies, AJG was at the fishing boats and got his just rewards.
14.15-15.15 AJG
Common Scoter: 8W
Gannet: 3W
Pomarine Skua Light phase with partial tail: 1E
Yellow-legged Gull: 4 Juveniles W
Mediterranean Gull: 2W
Sandwich Tern: 3W
Back Tern: 1E

Small Mottled Willow
A quiet night for moths with Kent Black Arches and Small Mottled Willow the highlights.

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