Thursday, 21 August 2014

Seasalter Again

I met the new RSPB warden this morning along SS Lane and discussed the future and work on the levels, she also informed me that they had found a big number of Norfolk Hawkers on the site as well. Moved onto Mt Pleasant corner finding a stonechat, whitethroat, c.25 swallows and 6 house martins

A rather distant stonechat 

Down on the seafront the tide was high and a roost count was impossible with people on the island and on the beach although c.20 ringed plovers hid in one corner. On the sea, 1 Sandwich tern,2 common terns and 1 grebe. Looking over the plots 4 buzzards together again and a sparrowhawk joining the party. Another couple were further west  behind S.Swale later possibly some of the four. The walk into the plots was quiet again only producing a whitethroat and a couple of reed buntings plus 3 emperors and 1 ruddy and common darters.

Common Darter

Coffee break was taken on the beach front seat in front of the pumping station  where a clouded yellow, 3 common blues and meadow brown were feeding in the grassy area.  Lastly, I walked around the Sportsman beach huts finding c.30 linnets, 2 mipits and a wheatear plus my first yellow wagtail this year feeding on the beach!

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