Monday, 30 June 2008

Sunday 29th June 2008

Off patch this morning for trip up to Elmley to see if I couldn't spot a Spotted Redshank or two. The track down to the farm was slow progress as I checked fence post after fence post - at Elmley they usually turn up something good. This time I was rewarded with numerous Yellow Wagtails, luminescent in their summer plummage. A number of Hares also lolloped around. The first thing that greeted as I got of the car was clouds of Meadow Browns covering the bramble flowers near Kingshill Farm - I counted 22 on one Bramble flower cluster.

Eventually I reached the hides where a quick scan revealed 14+ Spotted Redshanks from the Southfleet Hide, although as the photo shows they were fairly distant, with a number obscured by vegetation (can you see them? In a line above the Godwits with a few straglers off the end of the island). Good numbers of Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit were also in evidence, with singles of Ringed Plover and Turnstone.

I saw a distant Hobby, and three Marsh Harriers, with one being attacked by a pair of protective Avocets. The walk back provided another fence post opportunity, a showy Sedge Warbler singing his heart out. A couple of worn Red Admirals had ventured out in the sunny conditions but were buffeted around in the wind.
At the farm a number of Swallows sat on one of the trees in the garden, no doubt eyeing up the Meadow Browns (dragonflies were consuming them by the hides!). Luckily a lone Small Tortoiseshell escaped their notice, only my second sighting of this species in Kent this year.


Simon said...

Was at Elmley on Friday, carrying out a bird survey, saw 2 Spotted Redshanks and Barn Owl. The Hares showed well, especially in the late afternoon, and there were thousands of Meadow Browns on the wing.

Steve said...

So Adam...who were you at the K Party!? Kingfisher?

Adam said...

Sorry boys but haven't updated the blog - more details to follow. I know what you mean about the hares and Meadow Browns Simon - amazing. Steve you really don't want to know what I went as, could be offensive!!!!!