Hails View and Medmerry

The stragey today was to seek out the cooler spots, so first stop this morning was Hails View where, as expected, not many birds were seen from under the canopy of Black Wood. As I arrived I flushed a Buzzard that was perched on the gate to Hails View, but it hung around remaining vocal mosf of the time. On the south brooks either a Whinchat, Wheatear or both were impossible to identify through the heat haze. Swallows were overhead most of the time but it wad difficult to know if they were moving through or hanging around. After another failed attempt to identify the distant chat I headed off.

In the afternoon I went to Medmerry and by this time the cloud had moved in and it was noticably less hot. I took a leisurely stroll from Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool and en route noted Curlew, a Common Sandpiper, a Sedge Warbler, a Mediterranean Gull passing over and a constant presence of Swallows. I remarked to myself that it was surprising there were no Whinchats about, and also very few people. At the Stilt Pool were a Greeshank, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers, an Oystercatcher and a handful of Lapwing. A very active group of Linnet were around the large rocks and I was sure I saw a Wheater, but couldn't confirm. On the beach Sandwich Tern was added to the list. I scanned the rocks again and managed to get views of the Wheatear, although it proved elusive and wary of my presence for some time.  A Yellow Wagtail popped up very briefly, but as soon as I got my camera out it was gone and didn't show again. On the walk back, loads of Stonechats were now perched up, but despite my best efforts I couldn't locate a Whinchat amonst them. Another Wheatear was noted further up and there was now a Redshank from the Easton Viewpoint.





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