Thursday, 14 April 2016

Prospecting egret

Lade - warm, dry, sunny, light airs - Day three of the bird tour commenced at the local patch where we failed to locate the Great White Egret, although I later heard that it was seen on Dengemarsh. However, a Little Egret in non-breeding plumage in the willow swamp was acting as though prospecting for a future nesting site... Common Whitethroats had moved in since yesterday with at least 5 singing birds along the main track. Swallow and Sand Martin noted over the lake, plus Whimbrel over calling, and a marsh frog posed nicely in the ponds.

                                Little Egret and Marsh Frog, Lade

Dungeness - A brief seawatch delivered a few scoters, Gannets, Brents and terns on the move plus several porpoises in the sea. From the Patch a Little Gull, 30 Common Terns and the usual array of immature gulls. It was quiet on the land with just a few Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest and a singing Black Redstart.
  We ended our three day bird tour for Jane and Fran on 106 species with a wide variety of both resident and incoming migrants noted. The highlight for the guests was the Barn Owl display last night and we all agreed that the flock of Yellow Wagtails at Scotney Farm was something special.

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