Friday, 25 September 2015
Nothing very excitibg to report form the trap-although I did get the 3rd Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing of the year yesterday-a species I don't record every year. Had a good day a Dunge yesterday with limited photographic opportunities. We started at the ARC pit where the Cattle Egret was on the cormorant island (just about the only island still above water) and the Black-necked Grebe was nearby. It then started to rain so we moved to the Dennis hide where 2 Great White Egrets and 2 Litle Egrets were noted. We then checked the trapping area in case the Wryneck was still around, but only saw a few Wheatears and a Whitethroat. Round at Lade at lunchtime 4 Arctic Skuas were mobbing a large group of Sandwich Terns and, after lunch, 2 more Arctic Skuas were offshore at the Fishing Boats. The highlight of the day followed shortly with 2 Balearic Shearwaters passing close enough for excellent scope views. A few Common Scoter and a couple of Gannets were also noted. At the patch there were mostly Common Terns but 4 Black Terns were amomgst them. Finally in the Dengemarsh area we failed to find the Egyptian Geese but most of the fence posts had Yellow Wagtails on them.