Sunday, 29 January 2012

Walland Marsh

Lade - 0900hrs - cold and horrible, n2 - Winter finally seems to have arrived. All the usual wildfowl here including 12 Goldeneyes and 20 Wigeons. Despite the cold 2 Cetti`s Warbler were going for it in the willows.
RSPB - 1300hrs - The Great White Egret showed well from the access road at Boulderwall this afternoon. From the causeway road 2 Smews and the Long-tailed Duck in view. Elsewhere, a Common Scoter on Dengemarsh, Firecrest at Christmas Dell and more Smews, while the 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was back at the Point. The scouts were out in force searching for the Goldie flock harbouring a Dotterel but without success, although at least 10 Buzzards reported around the Marsh (OL).

GWEgret, Boulderwall     Matriarch Marsh Harrier & White-fronts, Walland

Walland Marsh - 1430hrs - The 53 Bewick`s Swans were still in their favourite field at Midley. Had a saunter around Marshman`s local patch this afternoon where a flock of 200 Grey Lags contained 11 White-fronts. Plenty of harriers noted (including an old white-headed female), 3 Buzzards, a pair of Peregrines, 80 Corn Buntings, 2 Stonechats, 9 Pintails, 50 Wigeons, 30 Teals, Reed Buntings, Snipe, Golden Plover, Bittern, Cetti`s Warbler and Water Rail. Finished in grand style with12 Marsh Harriers going to roost along with the Bewick`s Swan herd flying in just before lights out. Still no sign of any Barn Owls though.

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