Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Temminck's stint!

 Juvenile Marsh Harriers
After going through a disappointing MV this morning I went to the ARC where 2 juvenile Marsh Harriers were doing there best to clear the islands of all other birds. What was left on the islands was 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, a Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpipers, a single Black-tailed Godwit, c 50 Lapwing, the usual Greylags, Mute Swans, Cormorants and eclipse duck. Overhead 100s of House Martins, Sand Martins and Swifts with a few Swallows.
 Common Sandpiper
On Burrowes 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers along with their chick, another Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, a Redshank and a flighty Greenshank. Burrowes was also covered in Sand Martins with many Swifts overhead.
 Juvenile Yellow Wagtail
From Makepiece a juvenile Yellow Wagtail fed on the bank by the hide, unfortunately on the side that for some unknown reason since it's repair has no opening shutters, consequently the images were taken through dirty glass windows. A Common Sandpiper was more helpful feeding in front the hide where the shutters open. 
At Denge Marsh a Great White Egret, 3 Little Egrets, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Snipe, 2 juvenile and an adult Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, and 2 Golden Plover among the Lapwings, once again many Sand Martins and Swifts were over the lake. In 2 more visits to Denge Marsh today at lunch time and this evening 2 Ravens and a Peregrine flew over lunch time, while this evening a Sandwich Tern was noted there.
 A 45 minute sea watch from the fishing boats was mercifully ended by a call from Pete Burness saying he was sure there was a Temminck's Stint on Burrowes seen distantly from the picnic area by Dennis's Hide.
14.15-15.00 from the fishing boats with AJG:
Common Scoter: 27 up     9 down
Fulmar: 1 up
Gannet: 7 up     5 down
Cormorant: 7 around
Sandwich Tern: 28 up    9 down
Common Tern: 1 up   1 down
Harbour Porpoise: 3+
Common Seal: 1
Moulting adult Temminck's Stint 
Back at Burrowes the Temminck's Stint was giving good scope views but to far for any decent photographic images, many thanks to Pete and Pam for the call. While watching the Stint Sand Martin's were swirling around with a few Swifts, a Green Sandpiper could be seen on the far bank also 2 Whimbrel dropped in had a bath and were off again. A quick look from Firth revealed nothing new though 2 Black-tailed Godwits appeared to drop into one of the islands.

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