Friday, 19 September 2014

Foggy Days

Lade - mild, misty, n 2 - 0700hrs  - With a drop of rain just before dawn, and a rolling mist, expectation of a fall rose, but certainly at Lade there were less migrants present than yesterday. However a scattering of Wheatears, Whinchats and Stonechats kept the momentum going while the Linnet flock hit 200. Overhead a few Swallows, House Martins,Yellow Wagtails, Mipits and a Greenshank. Around the willow swamp several Chiffs, Blackcaps, Robins, two Lesser Whitethroats and three Greater peckers. Strangest sighting of all though was two Black-tailed Godwits wading precariously on a raft of thick water weed in the middle of south lake! At least 150 Curlews were roosting on the Desert.

                                Wheatear, Lade

Scotney - With the fret rolling in viewing was restricted. The Barnacle Goose flock was present on the grass along with five Curlews and a Whimbrel, but birds on the water were just spectres in the gloom.

                                Barnacle Geese, Scotney

Lydd Wood - A fair bit of activity here with a roving Great/Blue Tit flock attracting several Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Lesser Whitethroats, while every piece of cover seemed to hold a ticking Robin.
ARC - A stroll down to the pines was notable for more Robins, Chiffs and Lesser Whitethroats and a Great White Egret was wreathed in the mist from Screen hide.
Lade - A late afternoon wander over the pits behind south lake delivered similar fare to this morning.
A strange day of weather here on the coast with muggy conditions and the sound of the Dungeness fog-horn drifting over the shingle throughout. The rolling mist/fog/fret, call it what you will, combined to give an ethereal feel to the place, and probably ideal weather for a spot of smuggling...

                                Lade-in-the-mist, 1600hrs


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