Monday, 25 January 2016

Spectacular Sunrise

Lade - 0730hrs - A blazing sunrise over the bay heralded a welcome change in the weather from the murk of the weekend, although this could be the calm before Storm Jonas arrives in mid-week.

                                Sunrise, Lade bay

Dengemarsh - mild, dry, sunny, s 2 - We walked down to Hooker`s in our umpteenth attempt to find the wintering Penduline Tits, but gave up after three hours without a sniff. However, the weather was pleasantly spring-like and just about every other reedbed bird was seen or heard: 4 Marsh Harriers, 5 Bearded Tits, 2 Bitterns, 2 Stonechats, Dabchick, Kingfisher, Water Rail, Cetti`s Warbler and Reed Bunting. At Boulderwall the Tree Sparrows were particularly vocal, while on the fields the usual Lapwings, Wigeon, feral geese and egrets noted.

                                Stonechat, Corral

Park Wood - We joined around 40 locals in the car park for the Save Our Woods protest. There was no additional information other then reported on the blog yesterday, although the Woodland Trust was mentioned as a prospective buyer. It seems to be a case of write or e-mail and see what happens.
A wander around the wood delivered several Treecreepers, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch and Jay amongst the common woodland passerines.

                                Park Wood, Appledore

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