Monday, 6 February 2017

No coat required

Lade - warm, dry, sunny, light airs - Having been away at the weekend it felt good to be out and about around the local patch this morning in glorious spring-like weather conditions. By midday a heat haze had developed over the Desert which encouraged several Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk to soar skywards on the thermals. Mockmill Sewer attract a few Stonechats, Mipits, Skylarks and Reed Buntings, plus a flock of 200 Stock Doves on the fields towards the airport and ringtail Hen Harrier.

                               Teal and Great White Egret, Lade

  On the water a Slavonian Grebe remained on south lake, but most of the Goldeneyes and Smew from last week had departed. Two Great White Egrets looked at home in the reedbed and flying over the willow swamp calling raising hopes for future breeding this spring. Also noted in the willows, Cetti`s Warbler, Chiffchaff and calling Water Rails.


  1. Well, why it was pleasant on the Swale NNR yesterday afternoon in the sun, there were certainly no heat hazes and coats were still worn. If the weather forecast is correct you'll be back in thermals by the weekend.

  2. Reckon you could be right Derek, and I`ll certainly have them on when I visit the Island on Thursday. We`ll be starting at your end first before moving onto Elmley, so will keep an eye out for you.