Thursday, 3 September 2020

Day in Kent- Sheppey

 A good day on Sheppey with Kojak. We started off at Leysdown Coastal Park Ebird list and then did the high tide at Shellness , then to Capel Fleet Ebird list and then Swale Nature Reserve Ebird list. We had 89 species for the day, (more from Kojak HERE).

Highlights included a first-winter Pied Flycatcher at Leysdown, a nice fall of lemons (fist-winter Willow Warblers), a Little Stint in with the waders at Shellness which also included a few Knot, Sanderling, 90 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 3000+ Oystercatcher and 1500 Curlew, the first Wigeon of the autumn, a stunning juvenile Little Gull at Capel Fleet, Great Egret, juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank and 5 Whinchat at Capel Fleet too, a couple of Hobby, Corn Buntings, about 30 Sandwich Tern and a scattering of other migrants.

First-winter Pied Flycatcher
First-winter Willow Warblers (above and below) 

Juvenile Little Gull (a plumage tick) 
Whinchat- a handful of hirundines, yellow wagtails and warblers around today too (mainly Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps) . Unfortunately no Wheatears. 
Ringed Plover and Dunlins. There's been an American Golden Plover between Oare and Sheppey recently but we couldn't find it- turns out it was in the flock of Golden Plover today we saw last week at the other end of the Swale Nature Reserve

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