Saturday, 6 August 2011
TWO SMALL HEATHS AT RECULVER.
Apologies for another retrospective posting but I'm unfortunately still traumatised from walking around Reculver yesterday with Marc in the worst pair of "shorts" I've seen in a long time. For those who remember "It ain't half hot mum" Heathy resembled Don Estelle in every detail including stature. After a quick conversation with Reculver's favourite naturist we strolled down to the Green Wall along the railway embankment and back via Cold Harbour. All the usual suspects were seen and certainly though not in yesterday's spectacular numbers. We recorded two Wheatears at the Towers only 2 Sandwich Tern and 5 Common Tern today. As we passed the Oyster Farm we noted the first of 3 Little Egrets, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Common Sandpiper and gangs of marauding Linnet. Inland we hoped to find perhaps a Whinchat but found only Reed Bunting and family Stonechat. Marc then became very excited when he found 2 distant relatives in the form of Small Heath butterflies. Along the railway embankment we added 7 Whitethroat and a single Lesser Whitethroat and returning along the sea wall Turnstone, Dunlin and Yellow Wagtail were added. As a final little bonus a year tick in the form of an ARCTIC SKUA drifted past, where was he yesterday when he could have visited Tern Takeaway?