Saturday, 26 May 2018

Last Few days!

 Black Terns from Dennis's Thursday evening
It's been a generally quiet the last  few days around Dungeness. The elusive Bee-eater wasn't seen today as far as I know so presumably it has departed. Late Thursday afternoon a superb flock of 17 Black Terns graced Burrowes Pit for a few hours, though the Terns were completely overshadowed by the finding of  Broad-billed Sandpiper by Stephen Message at Rye Harbour, causing most of the Dungeness locals to decamp to Rye for this super scarce bird on the south coast. Excellent telescope views were had by all, but photographic opportunities were some what limited, as shown by my rather poor effort below.  
 The best I could get of the Rye Harbour Broad-billed Sandpiper
 Spotted Flycatcher at the observatory yesterday
Friday's highlight was a small arrival of Spotted Flycatchers on the peninsular, though the Bee-eater made 2 very brief visits. On the reserve there was the usual assortment of waders and up 6 Little Gulls and a 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull dropped in for bath. 
 Fox by the Long Pits yesterday
 4 Little Gulls from Firth last night
 Reed Bunting singing on the reserve today
Today was even quieter, the usual waders on the reserve and 3 Little Gulls. With no Tern rafts being put out on Dengemarsh for some inexplicable reason, there is little of interest avian wise to be seen there by the casual visitor.
P:63B Great Black Backed Gull probably colour  ringed in Portland Harbour 
A couple of hours at the fishing boats this afternoon was rather slow, with the above colour ringed Gull being the highlight.

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