Sunday, 9 June 2019

June Doldrums!

07.00-08.00 from the sea watch hide
Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Fulmar: 11W
Gannet: 18E   34W
Cormorant: 6 around
Grey Heron: 2 in
Kittiwake: 1W
Sandwich tern: 2E.  8W
Guillemot: 1W
Swallow: 2 out
Harbour porpoise: 3
100s of racing pigeons came in from the continent and went unmolested by the local Peregrines which were loafing on the power station.
At the observatory a party of 7 Stonechats went into the Crow Trap for a drink, Jacques duly caught them all, processed and ringed them.
 Black-tailed Godwits 
A quick stop on the causeway saw 2 Black-tailed Godwits at the southern end of the ARC, also a Cuckoo there.
Little Owl Lydd Camp
A walk from home down Galloways and back up Dengemarsh lane, saw 2 Little Owls at Lydd Camp, also Green woodpecker and Hobby there, further down both Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard flew over, in the reeds Sedge, Reed and Cetti's Warbler were seen and heard. Linnets seem to be around in good numbers but very few Swallows.
An hours watch from home saw up 9 Hobby's and c70 Swifts over the fields in front of home, also a Common Buzzard and a Little Egret which appeared to be heading for the local Heronry, also of note a Cetti's Warbler singing from the Lydd FC  hedge.
An early afternoon sea watch from the fishing boats was unrewarding with just 3 immature Mediterranean Gulls of any note.
 Sedge Warbler from Dennis's
 Sedge Warbler
 On the reserve this afternoon from Dennis's Hide a Sedge Warbler was singing non stop and was still singing this evening. On the islands 17 Curlew and 2 Dunlin among the Common terns were the highlight there.

 Little Egret
This evening from Firth Hide a Little Egret was busy catching tiddlers, a flock of 11 Redshank dropped in briefly, as did 2 Avocets but it was generally quiet there as is expected this time of year.
The Little stone Serin was still present today.

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