Sunday, 8 April 2018

Weekend Summary

Lade - mild, overcast, showers, light airs - A wet start to both days with drizzle didn't bode well but there was plenty to see on the local patch. An influx of singing warblers on both mornings included one or two Willow Warblers and Blackcaps, a scattering of Chiffchaffs and Sedge Warblers along with the resident Cetti`s Warblers. There was a noticeable increase in Linnet numbers across the dry scrub where Wheatear, Stonechat and Meadow Pipit present.
  On the lakes several Swallows through in the afternoon, plus Goldeneye and Long-tailed Ducks still present. Around the willow swamp at least two Firecrests noted and one in the Plovers back garden.

Dengemarsh - An afternoon circuit of the marsh in warm sunshine was pleasant enough but delivered few migrants of any note, apart from a couple of singing Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs and a fly through Swallow. I paid particular attention to the flooded fields for pipits, of which there was no sign. However, around ten Lapwings and six Redshanks were displaying over the wetlands, plus a scattering of Teal, Oystercatcher, Shelduck and Little Egret. Also noted, two Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk, Raven, Egyptian Goose, Corn Bunting, Stonechat and a booming Bittern.
  Elsewhere today the Midley Hoopoe was seen at various points around Brookland village, while down at Rye Harbour a pair of Black-winged Stilts dropped in this afternoon.

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