Saturday, 24 October 2015

Rough-legged Buzzard

Lade - mild, overcast, sw 3 - First off we checked both lakes where high numbers of wildfowl were still present. The water weed has become so thick in places that it now supports standing Lapwings. A late Swallow and 3 Chiffchaffs were the only migrants of note.
Scotney - We just missed the Rough-legged Buzzard from the double bends but had brief views later from the farm scanning towards Horsebones as it headed out onto Walland Marsh. At least 5 each of Marsh Harrier and Kestrel noted, plus scores of Skylarks, Mipits, Linnets, Pied Wagtails, 5 Corn Buntings and 2 very late Yellow Wagtails around the sheep flock by the farmhouse. The front pits were full of the usual feral geese and ducks, Lapwings, Golden Plovers, 5 Curlews, 2 Redshanks, Little Egrets and the like.

                               Yellow Wagtail, Scotney

Hookers - News came through this aft of a Great Grey Shrike seen from the back track to Lydd where we joined DW, GH and SG for a fruitless scan, although it had been seen just before we arrived. A couple of Great White Egrets and Marsh Harriers flew over before the rain came sending us scurrying for cover and home.

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