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Monday, 17 July 2017

Cuckmere Haven  17/7/17

A reasonable selection of bits this evening with the following highlights noted. 

Little Ringed Plover - 3

Sanderling - 1

Dunlin - 5

Whimbrel - 3

Hobby - 1 chasing Swallows (very early autumn record) 

Sand Martin - 6


Friday, 14 July 2017

Canvey Island, Essex 14/7/17

After yesterdays successful twitch for finally my first Marsh Sandpiper in the UK at Cliffe Pools in Kent (6 Black-winged Stilts also present), I was back on the motorways today slightly further north in Essex to Canvey Island for yet more Dragonfly action. For years I've been wanting to see the Southern Migrant Hawkers that have colonised certain parts of Essex, and most notably on the delightful(??) island of Canvey. Me and Dad left early and arrived on site just after 7am and soon found our first male Hawker. Due to the cloud cover we only managed to see around 10 males, and while most were settled and showing well, by the end of the morning we mostly saw them hunting along the long ditch. Also present were many Scarce Emerald Damselflies. A great morning out.





 male Southern Migrant Hawker on Canvey Island

Scarce Emerald Damselflies on Canvey Island
















Sunday, 9 July 2017

Ashdown Forest 9/7/17

A couple of hours spent at Old Lodge produced the expected Dragonflies that are photographed below.



 Black Darter - one of my favourite dragonflies
 Small Red Damselfly
 Keeled Skimmer
Emperor egg laying



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Cuckmere Haven 4/7/17

Despite regular visits to the Cuckmere recently, this evening was the first notable session for migrants. The lower water levels on the meanders doing some good as two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers were present. Other common bits were present but most pleasing were the two young Oystercatchers that have finally spread their wings. How birds like these survive on the scrape is a miracle but this is now the second year running of successful fledging.

Totals are:
Little Ringed Plover - 2 juv
Redshank - 2 juv
Dunlin - 1

 recently fledged Oystercatcher - being without a lens currently my only photography is with my phone through my bins.
the meanders looking ideal for Small Red-eyed Damselflies but none this evening. Seaford Head in the backround.