Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Icterine Warbler...

Lade - 0630hrs - cool, cloudy, light airs - A poor catch in the moth trap last night with only White Spotted Pug of any note. A few Common Sands around the margins of south pit and common wildfowl widespread across the water due to the still conditions.
ARC - 1000hrs - No sign of yesterdays Little Stint or Curlew Sands, although a few Dunlin, common pipers and LRPs present amongst a couple of hundred Lapwings. Watched a Cormorant devour an enormous eel and was just beginning to get desperate and show some interest in the nearby colony when the phone rang...
Dungeness - Plodding Birder had found something much more interesting, a Hippolais warbler, but in the most unlikely of locations on the shingle bank not far from the Patch hide. When I arrived PB and Marshman were giving it the once over as it fed low down, in typical hippo style, amongst sea kale and a small bramble patch by the concrete road. Brief scope views revealed what appeared to a bright, heavily built, Icterine Warbler. Closer inspection showed greyish legs, a pale wing panel and primary tips extension; it also `crashed about` like an Icky (PB`s piccies should prove intersting). The bird eventually flew over the wall and into the power station, but returned later on to feed on the shingle bank where it was seen by the Joker and the Head Ranger, among others.
Incredibly, it was still present around 5pm when the Romney Twitcher watched it feeding in a tiny patch of vegetation by the power station building. Well found PB.
Cormorant Colony, ARC - Not a Hippo I know (I did try); for warbler piccies check out Plodding Birder`s website.

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