Saturday 27 August 2011


Lade - 0600hrs - cool, showery, sw4 - Following cool overnight temperatures there was a noticeable reduction in moth numbers with only Silver Y and White-point of any note. Willow Warblers seemed to be plentiful  locally with at least 5 in the garden fir trees at one stage this morning and others calling round about.
ARC 1100hrs - A pair of Ravens flew over the lake mobbing a Marsh Harrier and carried on towards Lydd, `cronking` and `tumbling` as they went. Since moving down to the Marsh in 2006 this species has gone from being a, phone-around-rarity to a regular part of the birding scene. More Willow Warblers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker noted on the walk to the pines.
From Hanson 200 Goldies, 300 Lapwings, 6 Ruffs, 10 Knots, 2 Little Stints and a Wood Sandpiper. Also reported was a Sanderling, bringing the wader tally for the autumn at ARC to 28 species. A Cattle Egret was reported elsewhere on the bird reserve, plus several more Balearic Shearwaters past the point.

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