Sunday, 10 August 2014

Bertha at Dunge

With Tropical storm Bertha making her way across the Atlantic and up through the English channel, myself and Mo give this mornings high tide a bash down at Dungeness.
Arriving at 05:45 on overcast skies and a big sea, the wind just a bit to westerly for the birds to be passing under our feet.  Though we did manage to see both Balearic and Manx shearwaters in small numbers, 3 & 10 respectively.

Several Arctic Skua, single Bonxie went west along with good numbers of Gannet and terns including a single Little and at least 8 Black, mostly adults.

Best of the rest were a close in red-throated diver, several juv Med gulls, double figures of both Fulmar & Kitts and small movement of waders alongside a steady passage of Swift south.

The Arc pits held at least 3 Garganey and large numbers of Sand Martin.

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