Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Singing warblers

Lade - 0700hrs - mild, dry, misty, w 2 - We flogged around the local patch this morning with little reward on the migrant front apart from a singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap in the willow swamp. The resident Cetti`s Warblers had certainly found their voices with at least five males belting it out around the lakeside margins, with one bird showing particularly well in the bare willows. As the morning warmed up several Common Buzzards and Marsh Harriers took to the skies over the Desert.
Dungeness - The two Iceland Gulls remained  at the Patch, although one moved to Burrowes around midday. The Long-eared Owl, Slavonian Grebe and Ring-necked Duck were in their usual positions around the bird reserve, while a Smew was on the pool in front of Christmas Dell hide.
In the warm sunshine several Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing at Lydd allotments this afternoon.

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