Sunday, 23 October 2016


Lade - cold, sunny, e 5 - 0900hrs - The past couple of mornings have witnessed virtually no overhead visible migration on the local patch, apart from four Swallows today, along with the delights of a rasping easterly blow. However, in the shelter of the wind around the willow swamp a few grounded Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests were found, while beside north lake the scrub held a large mixed flock of tits, crests and Chiffs that contained a Treecreeper, which was new to the site for me. Unfortunately, despite waiting for half an hour there was no further sign or (importantly) sound of the creeper, as in these parts it could just as easily have been a Short-toed version. Also noted, two Kingfishers, three Marsh Harriers, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker, Cetti`s Warbler and the usual ducks and grebes.

                                Hedge Accentor, Lade

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