Monday, 6 January 2020

Winter warmers

Dengemarsh - mild, cloudy, sw 3 - A circuit of Dengemarsh this morning produced a decent range of birds although many of the wildfowl and waders were flighty, probably due to raptor activity as several Marsh Harriers were in constant view, plus two Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. Large flocks of Lapwings and Golden Plovers swirling over the fields at Boulderwall contained a few Ruff and Redshank, while six Bewick`s Swans flew through. Canada, Egyptian and Greylag Geese were everywhere and a static flock of the latter at the back of Hookers held two Tundra Bean Geese, although they soon flew off towards Cockles Bridge. A pipit flushed from the pool by the Corral was a probable Water Pipit.
  From the viewing ramp I finally got to grips with the highly mobile drake Smew that`s been present for a week or more now as it flew onto the main lake at Dengemarsh - for all of five minutes!
Also from the ramp, 10 Pintail on the lake, several hundred Wigeon and Teal, two Brent Geese in the fields, Bearded Tits and Cetti`s Warbler around the reedbed.

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