Tuesday, 11 July 2017

This morning at the ARC of note an adult Curlew Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Little Ringed Plovers of which 3 were gorgeous day old fluff balls, also few Swifts and Sand Martins trickling through.
An uneventful sea watch this afternoon from the fishing boats with MH:
Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Gannet: 12 up   49 down
Cormorant: 7 around
Black-headed Gull: 46 down
Mediterranean Gull: 4 down
Herring Gull: c20 around
Yellow-legged Gull: 1 juvenile around
Great Black-backed Gull: 5 around
Sandwich Tern: 61 down
Common Tern: 5 down
Guillemot: 1 down
Swift: 1 out
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 3+
The MV this morning delivered Plodlands first Scorched Carpet and another Jersey Tiger of note.
 Scorched Carpet
Jersey Tiger
Small Blood-vein

Monday, 10 July 2017

This morning at the ARC of note a Garganey, 4 Little Ringed Plovers including the 2 sitting birds, a Dunlin, 239 Lapwing, a party of 5 adult Little Grebes, all the usual wildfowl, a few Sand Martins trickling through and a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the Willow Trail.
 The unseasonal Goldeneye
On the reserve 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, the Goldeneye, many eclipse ducks, more Sand Martins moving south and a Great White Egret which flew north. On Denge Marsh 2 more Great White Egrets, 3 Little Egrets  and 2 more Black-tailed Godwits. No sign of the Cattle Egret today as far as I know.
 Sandwich Tern with White Bait
This afternoon at the fishing boats with MH & CP:
13.40-16.30 from the fishing boats:
Common Scoter: 23 up       29 down
Gannet: 13 up        62 down
Cormorant: 14 around
Honey Buzzard: 1 in @ 14.06
Peregrine: 1 in carrying prey
Oystercatcher: 1 down
Arctic Skua: 1 up (DP)
Black-headed Gull: c50 around
Mediterranean Gull: 1 up  8 down
Common Gull: 4 down
Herring Gull: c40 around
Yellow-legged Gull: 1 down (juv)
Great Black-backed Gull: 5+ around
Kittiwake: 2 down
Sandwich Tern: 59 down
Common Tern: 16 down (1x1s)
Sand Martin: 3 out
Swift: 3 out
Harbour Porpoise: 4+
Grey Seal: 1

 Mediterranean Gull
 1s Common Tern
Fen Wainscot from this mornings catch
Batia lunaris also from this morning

Sunday, 9 July 2017


After emptying the MV this morning I went to The Patch meeting DW there. 5 Mediterrranean Gulls and a single juvenile Yellow-legged Gull were the highlights. At least 2 of the juvenile Peregrines were on the pylons. 
 Juvenile Mediterranean Gull from Hanson
At the ARC from Hanson 6 Little Ringed Plovers including the 2 sitting birds, 2 Dunlin, a Ruff. c150 Lapwing and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull. A pair of Common Terns are trying to nest on the islands.
 Cattle Egret from Makepiece
On the reserve the Cattle Egret still present though always distant, a Great White Egret was new in on Denge Marsh where there was also 3 Little Egrets a Hobby, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and a Bearded Tit. On Burrowes, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, 3 Avocets, a Ruff and a Common Sandpiper, also the Egyptian Goose brood is now down to 2.
 Cattle Egret in the midday heat haze at hay field 2
 And then there were 2!
 adult Great White Egret on Denge Marsh
This evening at The Midrips of note 39 Avocets including 8 juveniles, 2 Redshank, 6 Oystercatchers, a Ringed Plover , 4 Curlew, 2 Wheatears and a creche of 13 Shelduck.
 My first Plumed Fan-foot in my M V this morning
Leopard Moth in the MV this morning

Friday, 7 July 2017


After emptying a bulging moth trap in the company of my 2 new best friends in the mornings, I went to the ARC where the 2 Little Ringed Plovers are still sitting tight on there nests. 150+ Lapwing there and the usual eclipse wildfowl but little else.
Over the road on Burrowes from Dennis's 2 Common Tern chicks from a single nest could be seen, how long they survive is another matter, from Firth a Wood Sandpiper was new for the year, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, 4 Ringed Plovers and 3 Sandwich Terns there joined by 4 Dunlin this afternoon. From Make piece the Cattle Egret could be seen distantly perched up in the Cormorant colony. At Dengemarsh a Green Sandpiper was new in and 3 Little Egrets there with usual wildfowl. From the VC a Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper of note. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull made a brief visit to Burrowes this afternoon for a bathe.
 Wood Sandpiper from Firth
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull leaving after a quick bathe
 My new best friend in the mornings!

First Jersey Tiger of the year

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Cattle Egret!

Thinking I might go to Rye today, a mid morning call from MH telling me had a Cattle Egret in the hay fields changed that plan. I arrived a few minutes later and the Egret immediately flew around for me.
The reserve was as expected generally quiet, highlights from Burrowes were 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank and the unseasonal Goldeneye. Not so good was a pair of Egyptian Geese with 5 very small Goslings.
At the ARC the Little Ringed Plovers were still sitting tight and a Cuckoo there.
 Cattle Egret Denge Marsh

 Marsh Harrier Denge Marsh
 Painted Lady Denge Marsh
Blackneck a first for the Plodland trap yesterday.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017


Not a great deal at The Patch this morning mainly due to oriental fisherman trying to catch non existent Mackerel. All 3 Peregrine chicks were present and there were 2 Black Redstarts on the perimeter fence. A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was on the telegraph poles at the Fish Shack.
At the ARC the 2 Little-ringed Plovers still sitting tight, 2 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Common Redshank among the many Lapwings. Still many Pochard, Tuftys and Coot with fewer Shoveler and Teal, a Cuckoo flew over the lake as did a Sparrowhawk and few Sand Martins moved south. 
Today's Bee-eater at Herons Park, Denge Marsh.
This afternoon I went to the reserve centre to collect my repaired binoculars, while I was in the VC a lady came in saying she had seen a Bee-eater at Denge Marsh. I drove round there without much hope scanning the overhead wires as I went. As I got to Herons Park I spotted the Bee-eater on the wires, stopping a fair distance away I took a couple of record images, then started to call one of the locals, as he answered the Bee-eater took off heading towards Lydd not to be seen again despite checking all the wires locally a number of times. I guess luck allowed me to be in the Vc at the precise moment the lady came in to report seeing the bird. The 2 Little Owls still at Lydd Camp but still no sign of the Owlets.

Monday, 3 July 2017

No Terns!

 First juvenile Mediterranean Gull at The Patch this morning
At The Patch this morning I could only see 1 Peregrine chick the others may have been laying down or flown?
Also there:
Common Scoter: 7 up
Gannet: 6 down
Cormorant: 8
Black-headed gull: c400
Mediterranean Gull: 14  ( 1 juvenile and 1white colour ringed adult E110)
Herring Gull: c450 around
Yellow-legged Gull: 1 juvenile
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 2
Great Black-backed Gull: 9
Sandwich Tern: 4 on beach
Common Tern: 9 over boil
 7 Mediterranean Gulls in this image including white colour ring E110
14+ pairs of Common Terns Friday none this morning
Very quiet around the reserve this morning, sad to report there now no Common Terns nesting on the rafts at Denge Marsh. I can only assume possibly a Badger raided the last raft leaving at least 2 dead adults and taking all the chicks leaving to clear up the debris.
A very slow afternoon at the fishing boats with MH:
Common Scoter: 4 up
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Gannet: 2 down
Cormorant: 5 around
Oystercatcher: 1 down
Black-headed Gull: c20 around
Mediterranean Gull: 6 around
Common Gull: 1 around
Herring Gull: c40 around
Great Black-backed Gull: 7 around
Sandwich Tern: 13 down
Common Tern: 4 down
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 2

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Red Kite!

Tinea semifulvella first for the Plodland MV this morning
 Red Kite from the garden
After emptying the MV this morning I joined DW at the turning circle for c30 minutes, he told me a Red Kite had toured The Point but now disappeared. Off shore a few Gannets, Sandwich and Common Terns were seen along with a Mediterranean Gull but little else. 
I went back home and breakfast al fresco scanning the sky in front my house, the Herring Gulls started alarming, I looked up expecting another Common Buzzard but was pleased to see a Red Kite which is still a scarce bird here, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Kestrel, Raven and c150 Swifts were also seen from the garden this morning.
Red Kite from the garden
 This Gannet surprised me flying along the beach over the car parking area

 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
A good afternoon spent with Mick and Richard at the fishing boats:
Common Scoter: 1 around
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Gannet: 47 down
Cormorant: 8 around
Oystercatcher: 2 up
Black-headed Gull: c30 around
Mediterranean Gull: 15 down
Common Gull: 3 down
Herring Gull: c150 around
Yellow-Legged Gull: 1 juvenile around
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 3 around
Great Black-backed Gull: 9 around
Sandwich Tern: 67 down
Common Tern: 9 down

 Mediterranean Gull
 Common Gull
 Norwegian ringed JC046 Great Black backed Gull
Herring Gull A3BJ a Dungeness regular
A beautiful sailing ship

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Little Owls!

 Common Lizard at Hanson
After emptying a bulging MV but finding nothing of real note in it I went to the ARC, where the Little-ringed Plovers were both still sitting tight on there nests, other waders were 2 Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers and c150 Lapwings. A few Swifts flew through and a single Hobby was hawking along the railway bank, a count of the Coots came to 347 though I'm sure there were a few more that remained unseen. There are still a few Reed Warblers singing and a single Sedge Warbler still singing by the car park.
 One of the Lydd Little Owls
A check on the Little Owls at Lydd Camp found both adults still but still no Owlets to be seen.
Little Owl at Pigwell shot at 3200 iso
A Pigwell the Kestrels have all flown the nest, the sewage works held 200+ Starlings and 10+ Pied Wagtails, a Little Owl was sitting in one of the barns and required iso 3500 to get an image of it.
An hour at the fishing boats this afternoon saw just a handful each of Gannets and Sandwich Terns feeding off shore with a single Common Scoter and a single Great-crested Grebe.
Hare on Walland this evening
Another look for Quail this evening drew a blank, but still 2 Turtle Doves in Clubb's Lane and a Hare feeding in a garden.