Thursday, 21 August 2014

Willow Warblers & waders

Lade - cool, sunny, w 2 - 0630 - A pre-breakie stroll over the pits yielded a scattering of Willow Warblers, maybe 10, plus a few Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers. Two Greenshanks went over calling and Common Sandpipers were up to six around south lake, that now has a mass of rotting weed on the margin near the track. The Water Rail family showed again briefly and a Sparrowhawk nipped over. There were more Willow Warblers through the garden this morning
ARC - 0900hrs & 1530hrs - A decent selection of waders on the islands, the highlights being two Avocets (one festooned with colour rings) and a Spotted Redshank. Also two each of Blackwit, Greenshank, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Redshank, 10 Snipe, six Dunlin, a Ruff and 100 Lapwing. Wildfowl included two Garganey, Wigeon and a Black-necked Grebe. The scrub by Tower Pits held more Willow Warblers and Whitethroats, a Blackcap and a Hobby flew over.
An afternoon visit to Screen hide added over 1,000 Sand Martins, plus the usual Marsh Harriers, Kestrel and Green Woodpecker. 
Back home and several more Willow Warblers in the garden, must`ve been hundreds through the peninsula today.

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