Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Ranges!

 Willow Warbler at Galloways
As the ranges were open today I decided to visit Galloways early this morning, it was predictably very quiet with a handful of Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroats, Meadow Pipits and Stonechats. At Lydd camp the 2 Little Owls were perched up in the usual Elder.
 young Fox at Galloways
 Dunlin at The Midrips
It seemed a good idea to visit The Midrips as well as the ranges wont be open for a while, a Little Egret was unusual there and 18 Dunlin were seen along with 3 Avocet, 5 Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, a Whimbrel and a Wheatear. Offshore a few Sandwich terns and few Sand Martins heading south. Looks like winter has arrived at Scotney as the feral Barnacle Goose flock has returned from it's summer location.
 Little Egret at The Midrips
A very short sea watch this afternoon due to lack of birds and large numbers of visitors.
Knot from Firth
At the ARC 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Little ringed plovers and a Dunlin of note. While there I was told a Marsh Sandpiper had been reported from Makepiece. When I got there I could only see 2 more Common Sandpipers, though in front of Firth 6 Black-tailed Godwits, a Redshank and winter plumage Knot which was new in today. 

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