Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Another day, another gale

Lade - 1000hrs- mild, sunny, sw 5 - With the wind picking up through the morning south lake was largely devoid of wildfowl as it began to resemble the sea. Most of the ducks had shifted onto north lake and were sheltering behind the causeway including eight Goldeneye and a pair of Pintail.

                                Stormy Lade

RSPB -We continued onto the bird reserve where the usual fare was on offer. From the causeway road three Smew and a Goosander amongst the usual ducks, plus the two Black-throated Divers viewable from Dennis`s hide. The fields at Boulderwall continue to attract hundreds of Lapwing, Curlew, Wigeon, corvids, gulls, Stock Doves and feral geese, plus Great White Egret and a hunting Peregrine. Several Marsh Harriers were grounded around the site due to the gale force winds, apart from a spanking adult male bird that crossed low over the access road heading towards Dengemarsh. Called in at the VC for a natter and a look at Burrowes which looked even more like the sea, and as the rain arrived we called it a day.

                                Grounded Marsh Harrier

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