Tuesday 10 December 2013

Local patching

Lade - 0800hrs - mild, sunny, s 2 - Another cracking morning with a southerly airflow all the way from the Azores keeping us nice and snug and clear of those nasty northerlies. With light airs I decided on a passerine hunt in the reed swamp which duly delivered Long-tailed, Great and Blue Tits, Chiffchaff and Cetti`s Warbler, plus a Greater pecker. However, Goldcrest continue to be noticeable by their absence. On the pits the usual hundreds of ducks, grebes and Coot including 2 Goldeneye.
A late afternoon stroll along the beach from the Varne delivered all the usual waders including two colour ringed Sanderling, but the light was beginning to fade so I couldn`t get the details. OL recorded one at the weekend confirming that it was ringed in Holland last year.

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