Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Balearics & Sand Martins!

 Sand Martins at the fishing boats
 Sand Martins at the fishing boats

I joined AJG on his vigil from the sea watch hide this morning, many thanks to him for collating the numbers.
05.45 to 10.00:
Common Scoter: 40 up    85 down
Fulmar: 1 down
Balearic Shearwater: 16 down  1 up
Gannet 1008 down
Cormorant: 17 around
Peregrine: 1 juvenile around
Oystercatcher: 5 down
Sanderling: 2 down
Whimbrel: 1 down
Arctic Skua: 4 down
Kittiwake: 31 down
Sandwich Tern: 44 down
Common Tern: 443 down
Guillemot: 1 on
Auk sp: 5 down
Sand Martin: 449 coasting down
Yellow Wagtail: 2 out
The islands on the ARC from Hanson were covered Greylags and Canada Geese, along with Mute Swans, Lapwings and assorted eclipse duck, the only quality I could find was a juvenile Garganey.
A lunch time visit to Denge Marsh saw of note the Spoonbill, Great White Egret, 3 Ruff and 3 Golden Plover among the Lapwings, a Hobby was chasing Sand Martins and 3 Marsh Harriers were seen.
 Peregrine at the fishing boats
Oystercatchers  past the fishing boats
I joined AJG at the fishing boats this afternoon, once again thanks are due to him for collating the numbers.
Common Scoter: 41 up   11 down
Balearic Shearwater: a flock of 6 down at 12.45
Gannet: 76 down
Cormorant: 8 around
Peregrine: 2 around
Oystercatcher: 7 down
Dunlin: 3 down
Arctic Skua: 2 around
Kittiwake: 11 down
Sandwich Tern: 296 down
Common Tern: 112 down
Sand Martin c1100 out 
Swift: 3 out
 Sand Martins at the fishing boats
 Sand Martins at the fishing boats

Monday, 31 July 2017


 Willow Warbler
Several Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroats and 3 Black Redstarts of note around the bushes on The Point this morning.
Burrowes was disappointing with 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Dunlin, 5+ Common Sandpipers and 4 Little-ringed Plovers.
The ARC was equally disappointing with 5 Dunlin and 5 Little-ringed Plovers of any note.

13.45-16.00 from the fishing boats joined by RW &  MH:
Gannet: 54 down   8 up
Cormorant: 9 around
Dunlin: 4 down
Sanderling: 10 down
Black-headed Gull: 5 around
Herring Gull: c25 around
Great Black-backed Gull: 9 around
Sandwich Tern: 66 down   11 up
Common Tern: 95 down
Sand Martin: 182 out
Harbour Porpoise: 6+
Grey Seal: 2
It can only get better!
Late afternoon on Denge Marsh 3 Great White Egrets, 4 Golden Plover, 3 Ruff, 4 Golden Plover and a Hobby were noted. At Galloways the usual disappointment.
2 Jersey Tigers were the pick of the catch last night

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Colour Rings in a Deluge!

06.15-10.10 with AJG from the sea watch hide who kindly collated the numbers:
Common Scoter: 35 up
Great-crested Grebe: 3 up
Fulmar: 5 down
Manx Shearwater: 5 down
Balearic Shearwater: 7 down
Gannet: 1,002 down
Peregrine: 4 around
Turnstone: 1 down
Arctic Skua: 2 down
Kittiwake: 15 down
Sandwich Tern 57 down
Common Tern: 109 down
Guillemot: 2 down

13.55-15-40 from the sea watch hide with AJG who collated the numbers:
Common Scoter: 17 up
Great-crested Grebe: 1 down
Balearic Shearwater: 4 down
Gannet: 86 down
Kittiwake: 1 down
Common Tern: 5 dow
Sandwich Tern: 52 down
 Yellow-billed Teal from Firth
 Black-tailed Godwit
An interesting couple of hours in Firth hide late afternoon where Yellow-billed Teal spent the time
feeding in front the hide, during one of the frequent deluges 30 Black-tailed Godwits including a multi colour ring and flagged individual dropped in (probably part of a French scheme). Also present 17 Dunlin, an aberrant Ringed Plover, 10+ Common Sandpipers, a Little Stint, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a colour ringed Great White Egret and many Swifts and Sand Martins over the lake, but no sign of the Pectoral Sandpiper this afternoon.
 Black-tailed Godwits from Firth in a deluge
 Bickering Black-tailed Godwits

 Dunlin sheltering in front of Firth
 An aberrant Ringed Plover
 Common Sandpiper
 Egyptian Goslings sheltering from the deluge
1 of this years Great White Egrets from Ham Walls Somerset (colour ring red AAH) 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Pectoral Sandpiper!

07.45-10.00 from the sea watch hide with AJG
Common Scoter: 4 up
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Fulmar: 1 down
Gannet: 597 down
Cormorant: 16 around
Arctic Skua: 2 up
Kittiwake: 5 down
Sandwich Tern:37 down
Common Tern: 28 down
Auk sp: 2 down
Sand Martin: 13 out
Swift: 28 out
Swallow: 1 out
Harbour Porpoise: 8+
Grey Seal: 1
Distant Pectoral Sandpiper
Whilst I was on the reserve Pam and Pete found a Pectoral Sandpiper which always kept its distance like the Temminck's Stint they found, hopefully their next find will be in front of Firth on the close pools. Also on Burrowes, a Wood Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 4+ Common Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Bar-tailed Godwit which flew through of note.
The ARC was very quiet  though a Great White Egret was notable there.
15.00-16.00 from the fishing boats with AJG & MH
Great-crested Grebe: 1 around
Manx Shearwater: 1 up
Balearic Shearwater: 2 down
Gannet: 41 down   13 up
Cormorant 11 around
Sanderling: 1 on beach
Arctic Skua: 1 around
Kittiwake: 1 down
Sandwich tern: 31 down
Common Tern: 19 down
Swift: 1 out
Wood Sandpiper with 1 of the many 100s of Sand Martins around
 Black-tailed Godwit from Firth
 Yesterdays juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
 Yesterdays juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
 Yesterdays juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
 Yesterdays juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

 A very distant Bittern on Dengemarsh this morning
Around the reserve today including the ARC 20+ Dunlin, 1+ Little Stint,  3 Golden Plover, 5 Ruff, 4+ Redshank, a Greenshank, 2+ Common Snipe, 8+ Little Ringed Plovers, 7+ Ringed Plovers, a Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Lapwing, a Turnstone,  2 Great White Egrets, a Bittern, 5+ Marsh Harriers, several 100s each of Sand Martins and Swifts and much more all on a quiet day.
 Juvenile Sandwich Tern at the fishing boats this afternoon
 Grey Seal
14.15-16.00 from the fishing boats:
Common Scoter: 14 Down          31 up
Gannet: 70 down
Cormorant: 27 around
Dunlin: 2 down
Kittiwake: 11 down
Sandwich Tern: 73 down
Common tern: 32 down
Swift: 36 out
Harbour Porpoise: 2+
Grey Seal: 1
 Adult Little Stint with Dunlin from Firth this afternoon
 Adult Little Stint with Dunlin from Firth this afternoon
 Little Egret from Firth this afternoon
Little Owl Lydd Camp early evening

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Temminck's stint!

 Juvenile Marsh Harriers
After going through a disappointing MV this morning I went to the ARC where 2 juvenile Marsh Harriers were doing there best to clear the islands of all other birds. What was left on the islands was 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, a Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpipers, a single Black-tailed Godwit, c 50 Lapwing, the usual Greylags, Mute Swans, Cormorants and eclipse duck. Overhead 100s of House Martins, Sand Martins and Swifts with a few Swallows.
 Common Sandpiper
On Burrowes 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers along with their chick, another Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, a Redshank and a flighty Greenshank. Burrowes was also covered in Sand Martins with many Swifts overhead.
 Juvenile Yellow Wagtail
From Makepiece a juvenile Yellow Wagtail fed on the bank by the hide, unfortunately on the side that for some unknown reason since it's repair has no opening shutters, consequently the images were taken through dirty glass windows. A Common Sandpiper was more helpful feeding in front the hide where the shutters open. 
At Denge Marsh a Great White Egret, 3 Little Egrets, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Snipe, 2 juvenile and an adult Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, and 2 Golden Plover among the Lapwings, once again many Sand Martins and Swifts were over the lake. In 2 more visits to Denge Marsh today at lunch time and this evening 2 Ravens and a Peregrine flew over lunch time, while this evening a Sandwich Tern was noted there.
 A 45 minute sea watch from the fishing boats was mercifully ended by a call from Pete Burness saying he was sure there was a Temminck's Stint on Burrowes seen distantly from the picnic area by Dennis's Hide.
14.15-15.00 from the fishing boats with AJG:
Common Scoter: 27 up     9 down
Fulmar: 1 up
Gannet: 7 up     5 down
Cormorant: 7 around
Sandwich Tern: 28 up    9 down
Common Tern: 1 up   1 down
Harbour Porpoise: 3+
Common Seal: 1
Moulting adult Temminck's Stint 
Back at Burrowes the Temminck's Stint was giving good scope views but to far for any decent photographic images, many thanks to Pete and Pam for the call. While watching the Stint Sand Martin's were swirling around with a few Swifts, a Green Sandpiper could be seen on the far bank also 2 Whimbrel dropped in had a bath and were off again. A quick look from Firth revealed nothing new though 2 Black-tailed Godwits appeared to drop into one of the islands.

Monday, 24 July 2017

 Little Owl, Lydd Camp.
Another quiet day on the peninsular, 1 Little Owl was showing at Lydd Camp being harassed by a Mistle Thrush. On the reserve Several Common Sandpipers, at least 1 each of Green and Wood Sandpipers though elusive, also several each of Redshank, Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin, a Greenshank  and 2 Great White Egrets. A Bittern was seen at Denge Marsh by MH the first for a while.
The ARC was unsurprisingly poor today, due to the antics of 2 juvenile Marsh Harriers that constantly flushed everything. Mid afternoon at the fishing boats very little on the sea in the strong NW wind. Late afternoon 100s of Sand Martins and Swifts appeared over the lakes ahead of some rain clouds.
 Common Sandpiper
The MV has been quite poor the last couple of nights the highlights being Scarce Bordered Straw and Bordered Straw.
 Scarce Bordered Straw
 Bordered Straw
A very rare Shining Marbled that came to Ben Lewis trap at Dungeness last night.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Swifts and Sand Martins!

 Redshanks over the ARC
At the ARC from Hanson this morning 69 Redshanks, 33 Whimbrel that departed before I arrived (SO) a Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 2 Golden Plover, 7 Little Ringed Plovers and at least 3 chicks surviving running around among the Lapwings and usual wildfowl.
On Burrowes a Curlew Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 5 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers all from Firth. Earlier a Wood and Green Sandpiper there per PB.
At Dengemarsh 17 Greenshank, 2 Wood sandpipers and 3 Ruff per MH. 
 Ringed Plover at The Midrips
As the reserve was busy and the ranges were open I decided to have a look at The Midrips. As usual it looked superb for migrant waders and as usual it disappointed, just 2 Avocets, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers and 7 Ringed Plovers including a colour ringed individual.
At Scotney 21 Avocet on the back lake though there could well have been many more as the Maize is now so tall it almost completely obscures the lakes from the path, several juvenile Yellow Wagtails and a Corn Bunting were seen along with a juvenile Marsh Harrier and many Swifts and Sand Martins.
An afternoon sea watch from the fishing boats 15.00-16.00:
Common Scoter: 3 up
Great-crested grebe: 1 around
Gannet: 17 down    3 up
Cormorant: 7 around
Oystercatcher: 1 up
Arctic Skua: 2 down
Black-headed Gull: present N/C
Herring Gull:  present N/C
Great Black-backed Gull: present N/C
Sandwich Tern: 26 down    3 up
Common Tern: 2 down
Swift: 331 out
Harbour Porpoise: 5+
Early evening on the reserve 100s of Sand Martins and 100s of Swifts most which were stratospheric.
 Sand Martin