Autumn is here. As the sun reluctantly peeked out from early cloud a juvenile Sand Martin was consorting with the mud-collecting House Martins on the scrape.
Dull and drizzly it was at least reasonably warm – perfect if you are a moth. A stroll over New Downs turned up a pair of Common Terns among the squawking Black-headed Gulls, which have at least 24 young to show for their efforts. An adult Mediterranean Gull flew over, and 300 Swifts were on Worth, but it wasn’t until the afternoon that the Black-winged Stilt was re-found on Restharrow Scrape.
An early visit to Restharrow Scrape was rewarded with the sight of the fourth SBBO record of Black-winged Stilt, which sadly did not stay long enough to be enjoyed by more than the finder. Otherwise, the cloud and light rain held down about 20 Swifts over the marsh and a Turtle Dove was purring on Worth, where a Great White Egret appeared in mid morning.
A lovely spring day with news of recently hatched Oystercatcher on Worth and plenty of breeding activity elsewhere. Avian interest was otherwise limited but some very interesting dragonfly sightings lifted the spirits.
After yesterday’s warm sunshine, the weather reverted to its good cop, bad cop routine, and this morning was definitely of the ‘he fell down the stairs sarge’ variety, overcast and chilly in a brisk SW wind. Still, the change in weather does seem to have stimulated some late migrant activity, as small groups of House Martins flew N and 20-odd Swifts drifted in off the sea, not looking too enthusiastic about it.
And warm and sunny it was. The increase in temperature seemed to move a few migrants around, namely a Red Kite over the Estate, nine Hobbies (mostly on Worth), and a late/early Green Sandpiper (also on Worth).
Instead of moaning yet again about the cool, overcast conditions with a nagging NE breeze, let it suffice to say that the good news is that there is no more bad news, at least so far as the imminent weather is concerned. Tomorrow will be warm and sunny, or we’ll all get our money back.
Do not be alarmed, but there was some sunshine this morning, though the wind remains in the NE. Coverage of the Green Wall and bits of Worth more or less confirmed that spring is done and dusted but plenty of song from the residents indicated that second broods are well on the way.
This morning was very much a return to the grey overcast conditions of last week. New migrants were unsurprisingly scarce though an Osprey went north over nearby Stonar. Breeding birds however continue to provide interest with family parties all over the Estate including plenty of waterbird broods on Restharrow Scrape. As summer approaches non-avian sightings come to the foreground, you can catch up on all our Dragonfly, Moth, Butterfly, and Flora sightings Here.
At last, a warm, sunny morning that, despite the shock, encouraged a walk along Prince’s beach and points northwards, which was very pleasant but still very quiet in terms of avian interest.
Another overcast morning with the NE breeze continuing did at least have the good grace to allow some warm sunshine from midday onwards. Ahead of that, 2 Sandwich Terns dipped on to the scrape briefly before moving on and a Little Ringed Plover – rather like hen’s teeth this spring – was the highlight on New Downs.
The north wind doth blow and thou shalt feel low, to paraphrase the ditty told frequently when I were a lad. It was another grey, chilly day with little to recommend it, although new babies keep popping up to insist that it’s not all bad, a fresh Oystercatcher nest was found on the Estate and 23 House Martin nests were located, the adults having arrived in full force only a week or so ago. Otherwise, it remains a case of waiting for tomorrow which, allegedly, will be much nicer.
The blanket of sea mist finally gave way to give the best weather for almost two weeks. A spanking adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was discovered in the Pegwell area and two WHITE STORKS were seen heading north over the Estate in the morning. Two Mistle Thrushes and a Grey Wagtail heading north high overhead was a little unseasonal for ‘vismig’.
Our second RED-RUMPED SWALLOW of the spring was the obvious highlight of the day. A delightful bird was picked out heading north over Pegwell Bay amongst a light hirundine movement. Two Egyptian Geese continue to lurk around the fields near the Observatory whilst a brood of seven Mute Swans cygnets were new on Restharrow Scrape. Four Hobby’s, five Cuckoos, two Ravens and two Turtle Doves were on Worth.
A quiet day swamped in sea mist unfortunately. An increase in Lesser Whitethroat activity was obvious, presumably now that the breeding pairs have young to be fed, and three Pochards were on Worth.