Thursday, 31 January 2013

Lydd to Lade

0900hrs - Mild, sunny, sw 3 - The weather was a repeat of yesterday with an overnight band of rain quickly clearing to deliver a dry, breezy day. Had to drop the car in for some TLC at the garage in Lydd so decided to stroll home along the railway line towards the water tower and then cut across the desert to south pit.
The bushes along the route were flush with Redwings, Fieldfares, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds, 2 Jays and a flock of Long-tailed tits. A Common Buzzard was patrolling the railway line and several Marsh Harriers drifted over from Dengemarsh. Part of the route borders a strip of game cover where a number of Skylarks, Mipits, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Reed Buntings were disturbed. Needless to say Red-legged Partridges were everywhere, several of which looked as though they had some Chukar ancestry judging from their bulk and extensive white lores. The habitat here always looks good for a wintering shrike, so I guess I should check it more often.
Nothing much noted across the desert apart from a Kestrel and Brown Hare. On south pit all the usual wildfowl, plus a distant Great White Egret in the `mirror` reedbed.

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