Having missed a few sessions at Reculver of late I was keen to walk the circuit and hopefully pick up a bird or two. I arrived on Saturday to cloudy skies and a strong wind, this soon got worse while walking along the seawall when the heavens opened and I received a thorough soaking for the next 30 minutes. It eased off eventually but the odd shower still moved through throughout the session. How I would love a few sessions with little wind and sunshine! I walked out to Chambers Wall before returning but not that much had been seen. Birds included 11 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 17 Sandwich Tern, 18 Swift west, 13 Oystercatcher, 1 Hobby, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Linnet, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Greenshank was heard calling and 2 Curlew were out on the mud. There were 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 Shelduck, 2 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Tern, 2 Grey Partridge, 4 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 1 Swallow and 8 Gannet flew east.
Surely this morning I would arrive to a lovely sunrise with clear skies, no not at all! I pulled up with the wind still howling and soon after the rain arrived giving me another multiple soaking as I walked down the seawall. After doing its job well in soaking all of my equipment it blew over and the clouds parted for a while. Fed up with the weather I only walked as far as Coldharbour before walking back along the seawall to the car. Another quiet morning with the following noted: 2 Curlew, 5 Sandwich Tern, 7 Gannet, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Ringed Plover, 11 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Tufted Duck, 36 Mallard, a few singing Reed and Sedge Warbler and 2 Turnstone.
There were 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 1 Skylark, 2 Shelduck, 1 Common Tern and 2 Swift flying west. June can be a testing month I find at Reculver with not a lot of birds moving but hopefully rich pickings will soon be upon us in he next few weeks. Hopefully a session in the week if the weather allows and I may even get the camera back if i'm lucky!