Thursday, 13 March 2014

Fogged Off

Lade - 1000hrs - foggy start, clear mid-morning, fog back from midday - A day dominated by thick fog with only a three hour window of hazy sunshine between 0900-1200hrs affording any decent visibility. The only migrants on the move was a light passage of Mipits south over the shingle, plus a few Chaffinches and Skylarks. On the lakes two Goldeneyes were still present along with the remaining few common ducks and several pairs of displaying Great Crested Grebes. Behind the `mirrors` two Marsh Harriers were working the rough ground, one of which had what looked like a grass snake in its talons. At least three Cetti`s Warblers were in good voice around the willow swamp, plus singles of Chiffchaff and Green Woodpecker. Two Black Redstarts were still on the fence line at the southern end of the caravan park.
RSPB - A call from PB informing of a Pink-footed Goose had us scurrying down to the fields at Boulderwall this afternoon only to be thwarted by the Marsh mist. Shame really, as it would`ve been new for the year, not that I`m keeping a year list of course...
News from the reserve, when it was clear, concerned the Long-tailed Duck back on Burrowes along with yesterdays Scaup, Smew, Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes and Black-throated Divers on New Diggings.

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