Saturday 8 October 2011

Walland Marsh

Walland Marsh - 0930hrs - cool, cloudy, nw3 -After the excitement of yesterday, got off to a late start this morning. Couldn`t bring myself to `seawatch` at Dunge, after Cap Griz-nez (its probably ruined me for the rest of the year), so opted for a steady stroll around Walland Marsh, which to be fair was full of birds. First up, Tree Sprogs seemed to be everywhere and noted one flock of 20 feeding amongst ivy and blackthorn with a mixture of Chaffinches, tits and Chiffchaffs. Lapwings and Golden Plovers were seen on several newly ploughed/drilled fields along with hundreds of gulls, corvids, Woodpigeons and Starlings; one field had 100 Skylarks, 80 Linnets and 50 Mipits. Raptors included 6 Marsh Harriers, 5 Kestrels and singles of Buzzard and Merlin. A reedy ditch held 20 Reed Buntings, while Beardies were heard at one site. Such is the pulling power of migration that even on this cool, blustery morning a steady passage of Red Admiral butterflies came fluttering across the fields towards the coast.
Dengemarsh - 1230hrs - From Springfield Bridge all the usual wildfowl plus 4 Dunlins and a Snipe. Called in at the Visitor Centre for a natter, while on Burrowes an Avocet and 2 Pintails were the only birds of note plus a Merlin overhead. 

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