Friday, 14 March 2014

Pink-footed Goose

Denegemarsh Gully - 1100hrs - hazy sunshine, fog later, sw 2 - The weather was similar to yesterday with the fog rolling in by mid-afternoon. However, we walked the gully which was pretty much a bird-free zone apart from singles of Cetti`s Warbler, Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Mipit and Black Redstart, plus the usual Dunnocks and Wrens. The Raven was getting mobbed by a gang of crows and a Kestrel out on the shingle at Penn Bars.
Several Marsh Harriers were quartering Hookers and from Springfield Bridge we walked the hayfields which were empty apart from a flock of 35 Curlews that suddenly dropped in, eight Shelducks and a small mixed flock of Mipits and Reed Buntings feeding on weed seeds by the fence line. Conditions on the hayfields look perfect for a drop in Garganey, LRP or Wipit, but not today, perhaps over the weekend...
Lydd - Called in at the Grange to check the heronry where at least ten pairs were on nests alongside scores of Rooks and a number of Jackdaws.

                                Pink-footed Goose, Boulderwall

Boulderwall - 1400hrs - Once again the dreaded fog rolled in but we eventually located the plastic Pink-foot hunkered down with Greylags just past Boulderwall cottage. Still, at least that means I`ve not got to look at another grey goose this year... not that I`m year listing of course...
The Black-throated Divers were on New Diggings along with a flyover Great White Egret and the Long-tailed Duck was reportedly on Burrowes.
Anyone planning a weekend visit will be pleased to learn that the access road was being repaired today.

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