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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday 14/9

A nice day dawned so decided to get out for the second time this week on the 10th went to visit friends on Sheppey and visited Oare on the way, with a very high tide Oare was spectacular with masses of birds on the marsh.
Leaving Home today decided to go to Dungeness via the back roads on the marsh behind our house. Within yards of leaving home noticed a bird sitting on the hedge top which turned out to be the above Whinchat. The first time I have ever managed to photo a Whinchat and the first sight of one this year.
Rest of the morning at Dungeness at Hanson Hide. Glossy Ibis was still present and an unusual visit of 2 Avocets on Cormorant Island There was a massive migration of Sand Martins. Total 34

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Saturday 6/9

Finding the impetuous to get out birding lately has been difficult even though I have been well enough to get out.
Today was different being September the morning starting warm but misty and with low clouds and having a couple of hours to spare decided to check for migrants. The reserve had plenty of Spotted Flycatchers and at least 2 Pied Flycatchers also of note was Glossy Ibis , Willow Warblers,Blacknecked Grebes and masses of Sand Martins. Did not go down to the point but apparently   Wryneck was present and what we have been seeing many of over the last fortnight is Humming Bird Hawk Moths  when I purchased this house was told they visited the garden and this week was honoured with a visit from a solitary Hawk Moth for a while.Little Owls still at Caldicote Lane.