Wednesday 30 May 2018

Great Reed Warbler

Lade - muggy, misty, E2 - A thick sea fret rolled in as we checked out the local patch first thing, needless to say very little was noted. The garden moth trap was however far more worthwhile with 19 macro species and several NFY including Cream-spot Tiger, plus the tortrix, Green Oak.

                                Green Oak

                                Cream-spot Tiger

Dungeness - There may have been a shortage of so called common migrants such as Swifts and Swallows this spring but, being as this is Dungeness, the rarities keep rolling in and today`s delight was a very obliging Great Reed Warbler. The majority of the ones I`ve seen (or mostly heard) in the past have been tucked in a reedbed chugging away and out of sight. Not so this individual as it performed in front of Hanson hide on the ARC, first in sallows on a small island and then much closer in the reeds to the left of the hide from where it could be seen singing like a good `un. Terrific stuff.
  The Rosy Starling was still present today where it had joined a flock of Starlings feeding around the entrance to the Estate.

                                Great Reed Warbler, ARC reedbed, Dungeness

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