Friday, 11 August 2017

Willow Warblers

Lade - 0700hrs - mild, cloudy, light airs - Good weather conditions for a drop in of warblers produced mainly Willows with at least 50 across the patch and in the garden. The biggest concentration was at the ponds with about 20 flitting through the willow scrub. A scattering of Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers and a Garden Warbler also noted. A Great White Egret landed briefly in the middle of south lake and a Kingfisher zipped around the willow swamp. Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk and Green Woodpecker also present.

                               Great White Egret, south lake

                                Willow Warblers are always a challenge to photograph

                               Sunbathing Foxes under the 30` mirror

                               Great Crested Grebes are having a good year

Dungeness - 1000hrs - A circuit of the bird reserve yielded a few waders, mostly on Dengemarsh where four Ruffs, two Green and one Common Sandpipers, Redshanks, Dunlin and Lapwing. On Burrowes the southern cluster of islands in front of Makepeace are now complete, while 15 Golden Plovers, Dunlin and Little Stint were roosting on the new islands to the right of the hide. Also noted across the site two Great White Egrets, three Marsh Harriers, Peregrine, Hobby, Kestrel and despite the increasing wind there were more Willow Warblers in scrub around the trail. A couple of thousand Black-headed Gulls were on Dengemarsh and feeding behind the plough towards Lydd.

                               Southern cluster of islands from Makepeace hide

                                Digger pontoon

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