Thursday, 8 March 2012


Lade - 0800hrs chilly start, but bright and sunny, nw2 - Bird of the morning was a male Stonechat working its way along the fence line by south pit, which was the first of the spring on the local patch. Usually they are accompanied by a mate but not this time. It seemed to be finding plenty of insects to feed on, coming off the sunny side of the gorse. Also enjoying the sunshine were two foxes basking against the wall of the 200 foot `mirror`. All the usual wildfowl on the open water including 4 each of Goldeneye and Shelduck.
ARC - 1000hrs No sign of any Scripits at the southern end amongst a flock of 10 alba wagtails. The Great White Egret was in its usual spot on New Diggings. A Firecrest showed well along the willow trail, even giving a brief snatch of song;  also,  Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit and Goldcrest. From Hanson hundreds of Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal and diving ducks, plus a single redhead Smew, 8 Goldeneyes and 12 Curlews.

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