Saturday, 6 May 2017

Yesterday I spent a day battling with the easterly blast at Dungeness. We started at the ARC pit where a Cuckoo was heard and there were good numbers of Hirundines and Swifts. There were a few waders on one of the islands including a Bar-tailed Godwit. At the patch there were large numbers of Common Terns and we noted a few Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrels going past. Behind a Black Redstart showed well on the power station wall. After lunch there were better numbers of waders on the RSPB reserve including: a Red Knot, a few Grey Plovers, several more Bar-tailed Godwits, Ringed Plovers, a few Dunlin and a Whimbrel. One of the Grey Plovers was in full summer plumage but ubfortunately not close enough to photograph. Some of the Godwits and the Knot were also in breeding attire. A 3rd Winter Yellow-legged Gull was seen from the Firth hide. Five Hobbys were also seen over Burrowes Pit and 4 Corn Buntings noted down the Dengemarsh Road. Not much to report form the trap this week-it needs to warm up.

 Bar-tailed Godwits
 Yellow-legged Gull
 Grey Plover

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