Thursday, 3 January 2019

Trio of warblers

Lade - cold, dry and sunny, N 2 - A cracking day to be out and about around the local patch with bright sunshine and a light ground frost early on. We tramped across the shingle with all the verve of early New Year; it can`t last! Kingfisher, Dartford and Cetti`s Warblers and Chiffchaff were all present, plus a passing Marsh Harrier and eight Goldeneyes on south lake. Teal numbers had dropped off from last week along with Wigeon and Pochard.
Walland Marsh - Had a run out to the Woolpack reed bed this afternoon for roosting harriers in perfect weather conditions, cold and still. While six Marsh Harriers came in and had a look, none roosted and they all eventually drifted off south, although at least 20 Corn and 30 Reed Buntings did roost in the bed. Also noted: two Great White Egrets, two Buzzards, two Kestrels, Linnet, Goldfinch, Bearded Tit, Song Thrush, Cetti`s Warbler, Little Owl and Water Rail.

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