Thursday, 20 February 2014


Lade - cloudy, drizzle, sw 4 - It was a case of return to form with the weather today with a band of heavy rain and brisk winds not clearing until mid-afternoon. The highlight on south lake was a pair of Peregrines terrorising the ducks. As they dived low over the lake the Teal sprang up and flew around with the falcons twisting and turning attempting to catch a meal, but all to no avail. All this activity  attracted the attention of an opportunistic Marsh Harrier that flew over the ducks several times looking for any weaklings. The Slavonian Grebe remained on north lake. The only other bird of note was a lone Song Thrush flushed from cover on the shingle ridges.

                                Goldeneye & Great Crested Grebe, ARC

RSPB - 1400hrs - A run out with MH this afternoon noted all the expected stuff on Burrowes including two Smew, four Pintail and a Little Gull. In front of Dennis`s hide a mixed flock of passerines comprised Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, Chaffinch and Chiffchaff. Over the road from Hanson hide a further five Smew were amongst the wildfowl and a Kingfisher showed briefly. More tits and Chiffchaff noted here. There was no further reports of the Pendulines today.

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