Archive for August 30th, 2006

30th August 2006, Wednesday

Dungeness Bird Observatory

The highlight of the day was a Purple Heron which flew south and out to sea at 0820hrs. Large numbers of seabirds feeding offshore included 100 Gannets, 20 Arctic Skuas, 200 Sandwich Terns and 15 Black Terns. A Sooty Shearwater also flew west. It was still very quiet on the land with just singles of Marsh Harrier, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Whinchat, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Pied Flycatcher and two Spotted Flycatchers of note. 

David Walker (from DBO website)

30th August 2006, Wednesday

Viewpoint

Whilst cutting reeds at the viewpoint, I came across some interesting wildlife, on a patch of willowherb an Elephant  Hawk-moth (pictured) was busy munching its way through the leaves, several Common Lizard (pictured) were basking on a rotten Willow stump, and Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica) were appearing in the damp soil. Also of interest were 2 Wasp Spider, it appears that this species is increasing on the Nature Reserve, this being the second new site found in the past week.

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30th August 2006, Wednesday

Beach Reserve

Bird highlight this morning was a Dotterel roosting amongst the 230 Golden Plover on Flat Beach, the roosting group were close to the road, so gave good views. Also this morning Little Stint, 2 Marsh Harrier, 12 Grey Partridge, 25+ Meadow Pipit and 60+ Linnet. Yellow Wagtail continue to be in good numbers, with several hundred on the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm.

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