Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Winter thrushes

Lade - misty start then warm and sunny - A stunning morning with a light ground frost, mist over the lakes and no wind. Late last night I popped out into the back garden for a listen and sure enough a steady passage of Redwings could be heard coming in off the sea and heading inland. They rarely pause awhile here so it was good to see a few in the bushes early on around the ponds, mostly Blackbirds plus a few Redwings and a Song Thrush. Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, tits and finches were also noted as we searched for the Hume`s while the Red-necked Grebe was seen on north lake.

                                Smoke on the water

  However, as the morning warmed up it was no surprise when a call came through from Stephen Message who`d relocated the Hume`s Warbler in the willow swamp by the causeway. I returned to site around midday when the bird was showing intermittently around the ponds, and occasionally calling, to a steady trickle of local birders. It continued in this vein all afternoon.

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