Saturday, 9 July 2011

9th July 2011 Birling Gap Seawatch 7.15am-8.15am W4 & Arlington

Whimbrel 4W
Lesser Black-backed Gull 30
Yellow-legged Gull 4 juv's ex.
Quail 1 ex. inadvertantly flushed a silent bird that flew c.75m
Swallow 6
Starling c.400

Chalkhill Blue c.15

Tachina grossa 4

Little Egret 2
Marbled Duck 1 adult

Dark Green Fritillary at Belle Tout

Gatekeeper at Belle Tout

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls at Birling

Note the large black bill, white ground colour to the head, dark eye-mask, white rump, neatly demarcated black tail-band, white underparts, only a faint pale window on the upperside of the inner primaries, uniformly dark (not barred) greater upperwing-coverts dark underwing-coverts and fully-grown p10 resulting in a long pointed wing.

Juvenile Starlings at Birling

Chalkhill Blue at Cow Gap

Adult drake Marbled Duck at Arlington Reservoir

The pale subterminal band to the bill and bushy crest render this bird a drake. It was occasionally performing the neck-stretch-head-jerk display of the species described in BWP. Clearly undergoing its post-breeding moult it has commenced replacing its inner secondaries on both wings.

Juvenile Little Egret at Arlington Reservoir

Note the greyish lores and greenish legs.