Thursday, 17 October 2013

Hen Harrier

Lade - mild, sunny, sw 3 - Decided to run the moth trap last night, which despite the mild temperatures attracted only two moths - it looks as though the end of the season is drawing nigh.
Goldfinches were much in evidence this morning with small charms twittering away on the power lines and roof tops hereabouts plus more passing overhead. From the aerial mound a trickle of Skylarks, Chaffinches, Mipits and singles of Siskin and Swallow over and a Stonechat on the gorse beside the main track. Bird of the morning however went to a ringtail Hen Harrier that came in low off the sea and then got hammered by the local Herring Gulls (if it wasn't for the din they made I probably wouldn`t have seen the harrier) as it flew over the coast road before hurriedly disappearing towards the airport. Half an hour later it was seen flying towards the bird reserve.
In New Romney this morning a Grey Wagtail flew over the church while a Clouded Yellow was in the gardens of the old school house.
Burrowes - 1400hrs - The usual 6 Great White Egrets and similar numbers of Little Egrets and Grey Herons noted around the pit, plus Blackwits, Snipe, Dunlin and Ruff in front of Firth and 2 Black-necked Grebes on the water. From the access road 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Kestrels and a Merlin.
ARC - The Glossy Ibis showed well from Hanson hide along with all the usual dabblers, Lapwings and a few Snipe.

                                Glossy Ibis, ARC

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