Light SSW breeze freshened and drifted more west. A mixture of overcast sunny spells and the odd hail shower.
The following records are some of the sightings from today's LDBWS open event (thanks to Nick, Jean and Pete)
Arctic Skua 3 - 4
Arctic Tern 41 in 4 flocks
Sandwich Tern 15
Red-Throated Diver 3
Mediterranean gull 1 second calendar year
Common Scoter c60
Pink Footed goose 49
Overhead and grounded:
Lesser Redpoll 2
Tree Pipit 1
Lesser Whitethroat by Half Moon Bay cafe
These c40 dark birds coming into the bay are too far for my optics to resolve any detail, but they must be Common Scoter (MD) Not really anything to see, but it gives a sense of the movement. On this clip at 09:35 they fly in and land on the sea.
After five minutes they take off again and head north along the Kent Channel. These shots were from the lighthouse on the south wall, and presumably part of the 60 recorded above.
The ringed male ringed Rock Pipit was keeping guard near the lighthouse
Common Sandpiper 1
|This Common Sandpiper was near Ocean Edge slipway, just after a |
particularly heavy hail shower.
Whether it was there before the shower or forced down is unknown. Either way it decided to do a bit of feeding
Middleton Nature Reserve
Just a quick check in the afternoon
All the regular warblers except Grasshopper and Garden heard. The only Cetti's was again the "no swimming" pond bird.
|There are several patches of Marsh Marigolds on Middleton |
The brightness of the yellow flowers was stunning in the sunshine.