Although the sea has very quiet the last couple of days the land has been quite productive. I managed to jam in on a fly over Serin while having a cup of tea at the observatory yesterday, while at Scotney 42 Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and Ruff were showing well on the sward. Around Scotney Farm 12 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Corn Buntings and a Little Owl, on the back lakes 30 Avocet, a Greenshank, a Little-ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin and a Peregrine. Last night I joined Nick G in an excellent walk around Romney Marsh where we came across 3 Short-eared Owls and heard a Long-eared Owl.
1 of 3 on Romney Marsh last night
Today there were plenty of common migrants around probably 3 figure numbers of Willow Warblers, 25+ Wheatears, smaller numbers of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Garden Warblers, Lesser and Common Whitethroats, 2+ Whinchats, 5+ Redstarts, 1+ Grasshopper Warbler, a Wood Warbler and 10+ Whimbrel around The Desert. Many thanks to LG for the calls and tweets and a special thanks to Dave & Sheila Bunney for allowing me into there home for really superb views of all the birds in there garden which was positively jumping with birds.
Soggy female Redstart
Redstart at the observatory
1 of 2 Whinchats in The Desert