Sunday, 11 December 2016

Patch gold

Lade - mild, sunny, sw 2 - Following the Mordor-like gloom of yesterday this morning dawned bright and sunny, perfect for a thorough tour of the local patch where birds were everywhere. A Dartford Warbler in Mockmill scrub was followed by several Snipe, a pair of Stonechats, Reed Buntings and a Song Thrush. The bay Curlew flock flew into roost nearby (all 620 of them) which I now consider a treasure trove considering their current Red Listed status.

                                Great White Egret

  On the lakes plenty of wildfowl including three Goldeneyes and 120 Shovelers. Around the margins and the willow swamp a Great White Egret, several Water Rails and Cetti`s Warblers, two Chiffchaffs and a Kingfisher. Raptors included the obligatory Marsh Harriers, Kestrel and a Merlin.


  The walk back along the beach on an ebb tide delivered all the usual shorebirds where 745 Oystercatchers were logged amongst hundreds of Sanderlings and Dunlins, plus two Grey Seals on the bay.

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