Friday, 13 September 2013

Another wader day

Lade  - 0700hrs - dull, drizzle, mild, w 2 - One of those strange mornings when it was warmer outside the house than in! Plenty of moths in the garden trap but nothing much of note apart from a few White-points.
A 30 minute viz mig from the aerial mound overlooking south lake delivered a trickle of hirundines, Mipits and Yellow Wagtails, 3 Reed Buntings and the first Siskin of the season. Marsh Harrier and Sparrowhawk noted plus Green Sandpiper in the reed swamp along with scores of Teal, Gadwall and Coot, 2 Little Egrets and a Shelduck. Up to 20 Chiffchaffs around the site along with Reed and Sedge Warblers. On the walk back a Raven flew over `cronking`, which was the first for many months.

                                Greenshank, Burrowes

Burrowes - Couldn`t resist seconds on the Semi-p which had been relocated from Makepeace hide but was distant, alongside 2 juv Little Stints and several Dunlin. Other waders on Burrowes included 30 Golden Plover, 10 Ringed Plover 7 Blackwit, 2 Ruff and a Greenshank, plus 2 Black-necked Grebes and a steady flow of hirundines over the water.
ARC - Called in at Screen hide late this afternoon where a juv Marsh Harrier was doing its best to flush the waders and ducks. Eventually things settled down when a number of waders landed that comprised the Burrowes flock from this morning, including the Semi-p! Snipe and Curlew also here but I missed an Osprey (PB) by 10 minutes...
PS - A late text from PB pointed me in the direction of the KOS website recent picture gallery where there are pics on two dates of the Semi-p/s?. The one on the 10th which showed well in front of Firth hide I`ve no problem with - but the pic of the bird on 13th looks completely different, showing much colder grey tones without any rufous back markings and a less distinctive head pattern. As I only saw it distantly on Burrowes and ARC I`m now confused, is it a different bird or have we cocked it up? Just hope its there again today, preferably up close and in front of Firth hide...

No comments:

Post a Comment