Tuesday 6 May 2014

Two year ticks and a site first

Lade - 0700hrs -  mild, sunny, sw 4 - There was a much fresher feel to the atmosphere this morning as the wind had swung round overnight to a more normal sou`westerly. We walked Mockmill where all the usual warblers were in full voice, but approaching the back of south lake a Nightingale was singing from dense willow cover, which, surprisingly, was a personal site tick. It was apparent that other migrants had dropped in overnight as there were many more singing Reed Warblers, plus two Willow Warblers and two Turtle Doves (new for the year) that flew across south lake. Many broods of duckling, cootlets and the first Dabchick juvs noted around the willow swamp where several Cuckoos were active. Once again there was an absence of hirundines. Two parties of Whimbrels went along the coast calling totalling 12 in number and a Common Sandpiper flew across north lake.
ARC - 1400hrs - From the causeway road the drake Garganey was still dabbling in the shallows.
Lydd Allotment - Whilst slaving away on me ten perches this afternoon I heard a sylvia warbler babbling away in a thick hedgerow. I could hear a Blackcap singing in Lydd wood for comparison, so was pretty confident it was a Garden Warbler and not Blackcap sub-song. However, just to be on the safe side we tracked it down and so it was, Garden Warbler, my first of the year, if only I was keeping a Marsh year list...
Dungeness - On the way home we had a cursory look at a choppy sea from the seawatch hide where a flock 20 Gannets were feeding offshore. After yesterdays excitement it really was a case of, ` after the Lord Mayor`s show`.
Also reported today was a singing Yellow-browed Warbler in the Trapping Area and two Wood Sandpipers on Hayfield 2.

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