Sunday, 4 June 2017

 Bittern over Boulderwall
First thing this morning as I drove into the reserve a Bittern flew over Boulderwall and 2 Cuckoo's flew over the entrance Track. From Dennis's many Swifts and House Martins could be seen over Burrowes, New Diggings, ARC and Lade. On Burrowes 2 Avocets still and 2 Ringed Plovers, in the Sallows, Reeds and scrub Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers were singing along with Common and Lesser Whitethroats.
 Bearded Tit Denge Marsh
At Denge Marsh a family of Bearded Tits were by the path, the Common Terns could be heard screaming as they dive bombed the Herring Gull that is on the Tern raft. Around the hay fields breeding Redshanks, Oystercatchers and Lapwings gave me a hot reception.
 Redshank by the hay fields
I have tried enlarging the image to read the ring.

 Oystercatcher by the hay fields
 Common Tern at Denge Marsh
Around the ARC 10+ Hobby's, the usual Marsh Harriers and 1+ Little Ringed Plover along with all the warblers that can be seen all over the reserve.
 1 of 2 Little Terns feeding off shore this afternoon
15.00-16.15 from the fishing boats with AJG:

Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Gannet: 15 up   12 down
Arctic Skua: 1 up  pale phase
Little Tern: 2 feeding off shore
Sandwich Tern: 12 feeding off shore
Common Tern: 4 down   6 feeding off shore
Grey Seal: 1
Birds Wing from today's catch

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