Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Migration Walk

Lade - 0800hrs - cool, dry, cloudy, ne 3 - A couple of hundred hirundines over south lake this morning comprised mainly Sand Martins and a Kingfisher was present around the willow swamp.
RSPB - 1000-1300hrs - Walked the circular route with 12 visitors the theme of which was migrant birds. It felt a bit flat after the weekend but we still managed to find a few warblers in the bushes including one decent mixed flock of passerines that included Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed and Garden Warblers, while Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were the most numerous of the tribe. A Wheatear on the shingle by the access road was the only chat on show apart from an elusive Redstart in the car park scrub and a trickle of hirundines, plus Yellow Wagtail and Mipit overhead. Migrant waders such as 5 Blackwit, 4 Whimbrel and 3 Greenshank went straight over, while 50 Lapwing and a few Golden Plover were on Burrowes and Snipe on Hayfield 1. Other odds and ends included Great White Egret and Hobby on Dengemarsh, 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, Raven, 2 Kingfisher, Water Rail and Cetti`s Warbler (heard). On Burrowes, Wigeon and Pintail amongst the commoner ducks.
A pleasant walk in good company with 66 species of birds logged.

                               Great White Egret, Dengemarsh

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