Monday, 18 July 2011
THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX
Having nearly drowned at 'The Open' yesterday, it was great to arrive at a mostly dry and sunny Reculver yesterday just before 6 o'clock. Heathy pipped me by about 30 seconds and after 10 minutes discussion on Stodmarsh / Grove politics we started an enjoyable stroll down to Cold Harbour. Unfortunately, no birds turned up and we recorded a very paltry 11 Sandwich Tern and 6 Common Tern. The sea was calm and bereft of activity. The list included all the usual suspects of Swift, Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Little Egret, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Stonechat and Dunlin. 2 Common Sandpiper made a slight change and we arrived back at the car by just after 8.00 a.m.
It was time for my latest butterfly lesson from the master. We decamped to Bishopstone Glen and for those who know Marc well already realise his hearing is pretty special but his 'Hawkeye' skills in the next one and a half hours enabled us to see the following butterflies :- Large White, Gatekeeper (5+), Marbled White (3+), Essex Skipper (loads), Speckled Wood (1), Brown Argus (1), Small Skipper (loads) and a Small Copper. It also gave me the chance to take a few more pictures with some included above. Unfortunately, the Egyptian Goose seems to have passed through and Chidders couldn't blow Pegwell's Roseate Tern in our direction.