Monday, 22 August 2016

Sand Martins!

A 30 minute sea watch from The Point early morning was very slow, just a handful of each of Common and Sandwich Terns, the highlight being a single Balearic Shearwater west.
 Another doomed Herring Gull, seems to be a near daily occurrence at Dungeness.
On Burrowes 2 Black Terns, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Redshank, 2 Garganey, 3 Great White Egrets and 100s of Sand Martins were the highlights. On the ARC from Hanson 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Ringed Plovers and 100s more Sand Martins were the highlights there. 
Fulmar from the fishing boats
13.15-17.15 from the fishing boats joined by MF,MH,RW & AJG.

Great-crested Grebe: 5 around
Fulmar: 8W
Balearic Shearwater: 6W   (3 at 14.02 + 3  at 16.25)
Gannet: 38W    7E
Cormorant: 19 around
Ringed Plover: 4E
Arctic Skua: 2 around
Little Gull: 1W Juvenile first of the autumn for me.
Yellow-legged Gull: 1 juvenile around
Roseate Tern: 1W
Sandwich Tern: 358W
Common Tern: 466W
Sand Martin: 7S
Harbour Porpoise: 4+
Grey Seal: 1

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