Friday, 2 September 2016

Not such a bad day in the end!

This morning there was just 1 Chiffchaff in the lighthouse garden and 2 Wheatears on the approach road.
07.40-08.40 from the sea  watch hide:
Gannet: 37W   35E
Cormorant: present n/c
Arctic Skua: 3 around
Kittiwake: 1W
Black-headed Gull: c500 over The Patch
Herring Gull: c200 over The Patch
Lesser Black Backed Gull: present n/c
Great Black Backed Gull: present n/c
Sandwich Tern: 27E  21W
Commic Tern: 2E      8W
On the reserve 5 Great White Egrets on Burrowes, also a Ruff, 3 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin, 2 Greenshanks and 5 Common Sandpipers. 2 Wheatears were by the dipping pond.
At the ARC from Hanson just the 2 Little Stints, 3 Dunlin, 3+Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Ringed Plovers a Common Snipe, the leucistic Pintail, also a Common Swift among several 100s of Sand Martins. 
 Wheatear at the Dipping Pond
 Cattle Egret in Boulderwall fields
A late morning call from PB alerted me the presence of a Cattle Egret on the Boulderwall fields, minutes later I was watching it having missed all the others at Dungeness this year. While there I was looking at a very tatty Marsh Harrier when a large raptor in the distance caught my eye, putting the scope on it, it turned out to be a Honey Buzzard disappearing westwards towards Sussex. 
 Arctic Skua at the fishing boats this afternoon
14.30-16.15 from the fishing boats joined by MH:
Common Scoter: 4W
Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Fulmar: 1W
Gannet: 42W
Ringed Plover: 2W
Turnstone: 5 around
Arctic Skua: 12W
Kittiwake: 2W
Black-headed Gull: Present n/c
Herring Gull: present n/c
Lesser Black Backed Gull: present n/c
Great Black Backed Gull: present n/c
Sandwich Tern: 771W
Commic: Tern: 308W
Black Tern: 3W
Harbour Porpoise: 3+
This evening Trevor Maynard found a Red-necked Phalarope at the southern end of the ARC which was till present at 19.15 at least, while I was there the Cattle Egret came into roost. 
Convolvulous Hawkmoth in the Plodland MV yeaterday.

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