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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

All Quiet On The Western Fleet

Tuesday 11th October 2011
I awoke to the sound of a Chiffchaff calling outside my bedroom window but that was the only real migrant I had all day. It's just so quiet at the moment. To add to yesterday's single Wheatear, Steve Hales informed me he had a single Swallow over as he was strimming a new net ride for the wagtail roost. Today though no Wheatears or Swallows and the only overhead passage noted were three Skylarks going west. A Redshank was new in and the first I'd seen for a few weeks but best bird of the day was a brief Arctic Tern during the 4pm feed which I was unable to photo before it flicked over the beach and into Lyme Bay. I can't believe it's OCTOBER! I hope things liven up soon.

Lapwing & Redshank at the 'Fleet Pipe'. The only two wader species present today. There were several more Lapwing in the meadow where I also heard a Calidrid, probably a Curlew Sandpiper but frustratingly it never dropped in.

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