Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sedge Warblers

Dungeness  - 0900hrs - warm, dry and sunny, sw 2 - A late start due to breakfasts, but what a stunning morning with a bright blue sky and light airs. A half hour scan at the sea from the old coastguard lookout yielded very little apart from six Brents, 15 Common and 10 Sandwich Terns. A scout round the old light was equally uninspiring with only a singing Wheatear, several Goldfinches and a Swallow inbound of any note, although a flyover Serin was reported earlier and a Short-eared Owl over the desert.
Dengemarsh - We walked from Springfield Bridge around to the hide checking the hayfields for any sign of yesterdays Spoonbill, of which there was none; thankfully, I`m not keeping a year list, so there was no real pressure to relocate it... Infact the sum total on all three hayfields was 14 Shelducks, four each of Lapwing and Oystercatcher, two Little Egrets, plus a few Gadwall and Mallard. The Raven `cronked` overhead and a while later headed back to the nest site with it`s crop bulging with food. There was plenty of Marsh Harrier activity over the reedbed and several Sedge Warblers put on a good show. Also noted two Swallows, a Yellow Wagtail over and a Kestrel.

                                Hayfield 2, Dengemarsh

                                Sedge Warbler, Dengemarsh

Lydd Wood - Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff all present and singing with gusto. Whilst toiling on the allotment several Med Gulls flew over calling.
ARC - More Sedge and Willow Warblers around the car park scrub but nothing much on the lake apart from hundreds of Black-headed Gulls hawking emerging insects.

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