Saturday, 23 July 2011
Arriving at just before 5.50 a.m. this morning I was still tired but looked fantastic in comparison with Heathy who had been partying until 2.00 p.m. in Canterbury. A gentle stroll down to Cold Harbour had us noting most of the usual summer species. 5 Common Scoter flew West and were joined by c30 Sand Martin at sea. A family party of 8 Shelduck were on the Oyster Farm and this morning we only noted 2 Sandwich Tern. Marc'c camera soon found some action when a particularly large gentleman cycled past and soon revealed from the rear view a large expanse of bottom crease therefore the heading today. A single Whimbrel diverted us momentarily and the first of two texts initially had us looking towards to the Thanet Way in search of two Spoonbills that had left Grove and were heading in our direction. Unfortunately, we never connected with them but a second text from Matt and Chris had us scurrying back to the car. They had caught a TREECREEPER at Brook which not only gave me a respectable 150 species for the year but was also a new bird for me at Reculver. Julian and Alex Perry alerted us to White Letter Hairstreaks at Bishopstone Glen. A difficult species to identify at speed and height with Marc not quite getting a good enough I.D. on some butterflies to clinch it. We returned to the Towers and added a juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULL. Off to Guernsey tomorrow for 6 days where hopefully I'll add Short-Toed Treecreeper.
Monday, 18 July 2011
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.