Sunday 27 October 2013

St Jude approaches

Lade - 1200hrs - mild, showery, sw 6 - A blustery old morning with some heavy showers rattling through. The wind was so strong it was difficult to scan across south pit where most of the wildfowl were sheltering amongst the willow swamp. North lake was much the same and the only passerines noted were several small flocks of Starlings coming in off the bay, a Chiffchaff and two House Martins over the ponds.
ARC - The Glossy Ibis was still on the shingle ridges along with Red-crested Pochard, Curlew Sandpiper and all the usual wildfowl and Lapwings. From Screen hide 2 Greenshanks, Water Rail and a Ruff.
Burrowes - Had a good look around for the reported Red-necked Grebe but without success; all we could muster up were 4 Great White Egrets, Black-necked Grebe, Dunlin and Blackwit. However, the wind was so strong that most birds were hugging the sheltered margins or tucked into cover.
We could be in for a rough old night...

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