Tuesday, 22 July 2014

22nd July 2014 Rodmell & Newhaven Harbour

Garganey 4
Snipe 9
Sand Martin 6

Garganey over Rodmell
The above image shows the distinctive broad contrasting dark leading edge to the underwing-coverts of the species. The Migration Atlas reveals that Autumn passage begins in July and that during late Summer and Autumn there tends to be a general influx of the species into areas where they have not bred including evidence of immigration into Britain.

Snipe over Rodmell
Whilst not strictly gregarious this species is well known as congregating as 'wisps'. BWP states Autumn passage commences in July although I could not see whether they are known to move in discrete flocks as this one appeared as they overflew the area.

Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull at Newhaven
The first fledged juveniles I've seen this year have now joined the swarm of juvenile Herring Gulls present in the harbour. I suspect they've originated from the nearby rooftops of the industrial estate where in recent weeks a good number of adults were seen amongst the Herring Gulls also nesting there.