Tuesday 3 January 2017


Lade - cold, dry, sunny, sw 2 - A crisp morning with an overnight frost welding the shingle together making it treacherous underfoot. Despite a thorough search I could find no sign of the recent Slavonian Grebe, although it may have  moved to New Diggings on the bird reserve as one was  reported there today. A Merlin sat atop the wall `mirror` was later noted chasing a Mipit across the Desert. On south lake up six Goldeneyes and a Great White Egret, while Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Water Rail and Long-tailed Tits were noted around the willow swamp.
  Called in at Kerton Road quarry this afternoon where the Stejneger`s Stonechat continued to attract twitchers from far and wide, including several familiar faces from Bedfordshire and past guests. The Stonechat was feeding in scrub on the western side of the quarry and for the most part obliged visiting birders by perching out in the open in typical chat-like fashion.
  At last knockings we scanned from Mockmill where four Marsh Harriers, two Great White and five Little Egrets headed towards the bird reserve to roost. 

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