Wednesday, 24 August 2011


Meeting Heathy at just after 9.00 am.m this morning the early signs seemed promising as we immediately found 3 Wheatears, newly arrived, sitting on the wall of the Towers.  Out to sea numerous Swallows were flying in and during or walk we counted over a 100.  Passing the Oyster Farm 5 Little Egret made the notebook along with 2 Little Grebe.  Marc got reasonably excited when he thought he had a Ruff in with some Redshank but it turned out to be a Knot.  On our walk down to Cold Harbour singles of Dunlin, Greenshank and Sandwich Tern made our totals for the day and as we sat down at Cold Harbour we had a little bit of excitement as 5 LITTLE TERN and 3 BLACK TERN were sighted.  We had a little bit of a raptor fest with Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Hobby and 2 distant Common Buzzards which we noted.  A stroll to Chambers Wall and back added very little despite some vigorous 'bush bashing' from Marc and on our return only Green Sandpiper and 3 Sanderling made it into our books.  Dropping Marc off at Shuart to look for Derek's Darter will the pull of Bonelli's at Dunge be too much for him tomorrow?

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