Thursday, 4 October 2018

Chiffchaffs in the mist

Lade - Foggy start, warm, dry and sunny later - Started a historical/wildlife guiding morning on the local patch where the thick mist soon burned off to reveal a large mixed flock of passerines feeding around the ponds including 30 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps, Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Reed Buntings and Robins. Whilst standing by the swing-bridge near the `mirrors` a flock of 15 Bearded Tits spiralled up from the main reed bed and dropped back down again in a small clump of reeds on the margin of north lake. Several parties of hirundines moved over heading south.

                                Lade `mirrors`

                                Six of ten Great White Egrets on Burrowes

Dungeness - There was no real change around the point with plenty of hirundines moving through, Chiffchaffs and Kestrels everywhere, Great White and Cattle Egrets on the reserve, plus Ruff, Marsh Harriers and Stonechats from the access track.

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