Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Sand Martins!

After going through a poor moth catch this morning I went straight to the ARC Hanson hide, where staring into the early morning sun a Little Stint, 7 Ringed Plovers, 2 Green Sandpipers could be seen among c100 Lapwing, also there the 1st summer Little Gull and 100s of Sand Martins which were abundant all day all around the peninsular. A late afternoon visit to Hanson added a Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper.
 juvenile Little Grebe on the discovery pool
Between the VC and Firth I flushed a Green sandpiper from the discovery pool, also 2 juvenile Little Grebes there. From Firth hide another Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 4 Redshank and a Greenshank. Another Redshank showed well from Makepiece. At Dengemarsh a Hobby and the usual Marsh Harriers and myriads of Sand Martins. A Bittern flew over the return trail as did a Green Woodpecker. 
 A poor image looking into the sun of the Wood Sandpiper
 Redshank from Makepiece
 An hour spent sea watching lunch time from the fishing boats, where the highlights were a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, an adult Mediterranean Gull a couple of Porpoises but little else.
At Scotney in a very strong wind this afternoon, the 2 seemingly resident Spoonbills, plenty of Yellow Wagtails, a few Corn Buntings and a Little Owl.
Early evening from Firth just a Greenshank of note.

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