Thursday, 22 June 2017

During the very hot weather this week I have been a little lazy, not putting in the time especially in the mornings. I spent the afternoons on the beach at the fishing boats sea watching in the sun and the cooling sea breeze, not seeing a great deal today was no exception.
14.50-16.30 from the fishing boats joined by PT & MH

Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Gannet: 13 up    25 down
Cormorant: 4 around
Oystercatcher: 3 down
Black-headed Gull: 9 down
Mediterranean Gull: 2 up
Common Gull: 1 up
Herring Gull: c25 around
Great Black-backed Gull: 11 around
Kittiwake: 1 down
Little Tern: 2 down
Sandwich Tern: 6 up   42 down
Swift: 19 out
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 3
I have spent the evenings wandering around the fields at the back of Scotney hoping to hear some Quail without any success. However the Barn Owls have been showing well catching lots of voles for their young, also the Little Owls have been on show every evening, add to that Yellow Wagtails, Corn buntings, Skylarks, Avocets, Hares and a family of Foxes they have been very interesting evenings.
The warm weather has also kept me very busy in the mornings with a bulging MV, being still new to mothing, it takes me along time to go through the traps and as far as I know I have not found anything exceptional for the area. Barry Banson had a superb Splendid Brocade yesterday.
 Little Owl, Lydd Ranges.
 Common Buzzard, Lydd Ranges
 Barn Owl, Scotney farm
 Little Owl, Scotney Farm
 Obscure Wainscot
 Shore Wainscot
Shoulder-striped Wainscot

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