Sunday, 5 August 2012

Spot The Difference

Yesterday and today were almost exactly the same, just like one of those competitions that has two pictures side by side that look identical but have subtle differences to be looked for. Yesterday on arrival at the Ramp there were 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff and 2 Green Sandpipers on the spit today, there were 2 Greenshank, 1 Ruff and 1 Green Sandpiper on the spit, and so it was throughout the weekend almost the same but with little fluctuations. Chiddy and I saw the juvenile Purple Heron from Harrison’s hide at 6.20am yesterday today, Rick Smith and Chiddy had it from Harrison’s at midday! Bothe days had 5-6 Turtle Doves, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 8+ Stock Doves, 4 Grey Herons and a similar number of Lapwings. There were 11 Green Sandpipers yesterday and 7 Today, 6 Black-tailed Godwits yesterday, 4 today. There were other differences of course with just 5 Little Egrets in front of the Ramp yesterday whereas today 5 flew North followed by another 5 a couple hundred yards behind them before 5.30am while another 5 were from Harrison’s hide mid-morning. There were 3 Garganey over the weekend, 1 Kingfisher, a westward movement of 180+ Swifts, a trickle of Swallows and Martins, a Bittern several small parties of Bearded Tits and 7 Marsh Harriers. All in all a fairly quiet weekend with Reed and Sedge Warblers feeding young as were  a few Whitethroats, Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers were seen and heard regularly and a Whimbrel flew south west calling on Saturday. Two Ring-necked Parakeets today were the first for many a month and the only other raptors of the weekend were a couple of Kestrels. A few juvenile Water Rails are starting to show now so there may be some Spotted Crake reports in the coming weeks, let’s hope they will be genuine!
Water Rail juvenile at Harrison's hide

Water Rail juvenile at Harrison's hide
Goldfinch at the Ramp

Goldfinch at the Ramp

Restharrow Scrape at Sandwich before work every morning is still not producing much although the Duck and Geese numbers are increasing but, no Waders as such yet save the odd Green Sandpiper. The morning of the first did produce a Garganey which stayed the next two mornings and the Mediterranean Gull numbers are starting to build up with a maximum of 3 so far. On Friday 163 Black-headed Gulls passed through the Scrape with every one being a juvenile and also on Friday I had a Whinchat there, my first of the Autumn. Stopping on the way home toady there were 3 Common Sandpipers there so perhaps now we may start getting something.
Common Sandpiper

Common Darter

Black-tailed Skimmer

1 comment:

  1. Really like the Water Rail shots, I keep waiting at Sissinghurst in the Winter for a shot but not managed any yet. Nice to have some Turtle Doves around there too.