Lade - cold, dry, sunny, s 3 - We wandered down towards the Kerton Road pit this morning where OL had reported a Dartford Warbler yesterday afternoon in broom scrub near Pleasance Road. I wasn't expecting much as there was a brisk wind running, but bang on cue, following a buzzing trill, up popped the warbler for a brief show with a pair of attendant Stonechats close by. This may have been the bird that was present around New Year a bit further north on the NNR. This past late autumn and winter period has produced a number of Dartford Warbler sightings across the Peninsula and with a bit of luck perhaps one or two will stay on to breed in the many gorse thickets.
Further north around Lade pits there was no change to the usual wildfowl numbers. A couple of Marsh Harriers were on the wing behind the `mirrors` and a Great White Egret fished north lake.
Whilst working in the garden today `our` Goldcrest was in fine voice singing from the Leylandiis.