Saturday, 12 August 2017

 Greenfinches feeding on the Sun Flowers in the field opposite home
From the driveway this morning I watched 6 Greenfinches feeding on the Sun Flowers in the field opposite, also there 20+Common Whitethroats, 10+ Sedge Warblers, 10+ Willow Warblers, 20+ Linnets, 8 Goldfinches and 4 Yellow Wagtails.
 Black-tailed Godwits over Denge Marsh early morning
After receiving a text from AJG telling me not to bother with the sea I drove the short distance down to Springfield Bridge this morning, getting out of the car 2 Ravens flew over also flock of 10 Black-tailed Godwits flew over towards The Midrips. From the bridge I could see at least 3 Great White Egrets on the marsh, 100s of Sand Martins and a few Swifts. In the ditch by hay field 3 a party of  5+ Bearded Tits along with many Reed Warblers, a few Sedge Warblers, a Cetti's Warbler and a calling Water Rail. From Denge Marsh Hide 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Common Snipe, 2+ Marsh Harriers and a flock of 45 Golden plover that flew over towards Rye.
 100s of Sand Martins over the lakes again this morning
The walk from Denge Marsh to Makepiece saw 2 Lesser Whitethroats, several Reed Buntings, more Common Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers and a Sparrowhawk.
From Makepiece 100s of Sand Martins some resting on the newly created islands, 4 Common Sandpipers but little else due to disturbance from on going works. The walk to the VC then up the entrance track and round to Denge Marsh and Springfield Bridge saw basically the same as the first walk to Makepiece with the addition of 2 Wheatears and a Common Buzzard.
Denge Marsh Gully produced more Common Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and another Wheatear.
13.40-16.00 from the fishing boats with AJG & RW many thanks to them foe collating the numbers:
Common Scoter: 47 up
Gannet: 171 down
Ringed Plover: 3 down
Dunlin: 10 down
Whimbrel: 1 down
Arctic Skua: 2 down
Kittiwake: 7 down
Sandwich Tern: 488 down
Common Tern: 25 down
Kittiwake: 7 down
Sand Martin: 22 out
Swallow: 5  out
Yet another Scarce Bordered Straw from the MV last night
2 more Jersey tigers last night

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