Friday, 6 December 2013

Winter wildfowl

Lade - 0800hrs - cold, sunny, sw 2 - A mostly bright sunny day with light airs. On south lake pretty much a repeat of two days ago with hundreds of wildfowl and Coot scattered across the water and a couple of Marsh Harriers patrolling the far reedbed.
Had a look at the beach after last nights tidal surge and the sea was about a metre short of flooding over the road; makes you realise how lucky we were considering what other folk are going through further up the coast.

                                Black-necked Grebe, ARC

                                Great White Egret, Burrowes

RSPB - Had a run out MH this morning. First stop ARC where at least 400 Gadwall at the south end. From Hanson 5 Goldeneye, 2 Dabchicks and a Black-necked Grebe, while a Greater pecker called from the Willow Trail. Plenty of Lapwing, Wigeon, Starling, feral geese, 2 Stonechat, 2 Snipe and a Great White Egret on the fields near Boulderwall. From Dengemarsh hide 8 Dabchick, 2 Shelduck, plus a Sparrowhawk and several Marsh Harriers over. Burrowes delivered 5 Smew and another Great White Egret along with all the usual wildfowl, gulls and a close Chiffchaff in front of Dennis`s hide.
Lade Bay - Checked the foreshore this afternoon where the sea had just finished battering away at the sand dunes at Greatstone. Hundreds of Sanderling were already back on the foreshore about to be joined by the rest of the shorebirds. From the Varne at least 30 Turnstone picking over the tidal flotsam and a couple of hundred gulls on the sea.

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