Archive for September 12th, 2007

12th September 2007, Wednesday

Dungeness Bird Observatory

Little change from recent days. Several hours seawatching produced five Sooty Shearwaters, 12 Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua flying east and the first four Brent Geese of the autumn, 16 Shelduck, 18 Wigeon and five Shoveler flying west. There were also three Mediterranean Gulls, four Little Gulls and 25 Arctic Terns at the Patch.
A Buzzard, a Tree Pipit, a Whinchat , three Blackcaps and 35 Chiffchaffs were of note on the land.
David Walker from DBO website

12th September 2007, Wednesday

Brede Valley

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Crowds of noisy, rough-voiced Rooks spiral up against the silver clouds, whose shadows slide across pale fields. Gulls – mostly Black-headed – are following the plough, but with them are a few Herring Gulls and returning Common Gulls (soon, these will be the dominant inland species). There are also Jackdaws, Rooks of course, Woodpigeons, Stock Doves and yesterday 2 Turtle Doves – scarcer by the year. Linnets too are well-represented, with about 100 near Winchelsea Station.

The hedges hold an exceptional harvest of Blackberries and Damsons (plenty of water, a week of sunshine and no-one picking them) and are scented with musty Ivy flowers.

Linnets, Goldfinches and Swallows are moving west along Cadborough Cliff and a single Whinchat sits on a dead Hogweed umbel in a field of glowing thistle & willowherb down.