Wednesday, 14 June 2017

 Young Kestrels at Pigwell
This morning I  spent some time wandering around Pigwell and the eastern side of Scotney, a pleasant walk but nowhere near the amount of birds as the western side of Scotney where the farmer is more sympathetic to wildlife leaving 5 mt margins and several rough areas, whereas the farmer responsible for Pigwell and the eastern side of Scotney has  ploughed right up to the fences and sprayed the hell out of the fields. On the bright side in an old open barn a pair of Kestrels have 3 young in a box. In the quarry there are at least 7 House Martin nests on the weigh bridge offices.
An early afternoon walk from Springfield Bridge to the viewing ramp saw a couple of young Bearded Tits, a nearly fledged Lapwing and Oystercatcher. 7+ Hobby's were hawking over the reed beds some stratospheric, the Herring Gull on the Tern raft has 2 chicks so I guess the Tern eggs will rapidly disappear, all the usual warblers were just about seen though they are now getting elusive as they get on with breeding.
 Sandwich Tern at the fishing boats this afternoon
14.45-17.00 from the fishing boats:
Common Scoter: 4 up
Great-crested Grebe: 3 around
Fulmar: 1 down
Gannet: 118 up   17 down
Cormorant: 6 around
Kittiwake: 14 up
Sandwich Tern: 51 up    18 down
Common Tern: 11 up
Guillemot: 1 down
Harbour Porpoise: 4+
Grey Seal: 1
Cynaeda dentalis a gorgeous micro that is regularly found in my MV 

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