Thursday, 17 January 2019


Lade - cold and wet, NW 2 - Bit of a shocker this morning with low temperatures and sleety showers out of the north, so it was a surprise when up popped a Dartford Warbler in the gorse scrub by the badger sett, where also a Stonechat. A Bittern flying over the main reedbed was our first sighting of the year, while there was no change to the wildfowl on south lake.
Lydd - Had to go to the garage this morning so called in at Pigwell just as a heavy shower cleared through leaving bright blue skies. From the cycle path a small herd of cattle huddled together in the weedy field had a mixed flock of passerines nearby comprising mostly Chaffinches along with a few Goldfinches, Linnets and Mipits. A Kestrel then flew over flushing the 100 strong flock which included the distinctive bat-winged, short-tailed profile of a Woodlark. Eventually they settled back down when the lark showed briefly on the deck. Also noted three Marsh Harriers, two Buzzards, Song Thrush, Little Egret and Stonechat.
Littlestone - A scan of the foreshore this afternoon revealed the usual waders, plus three Black-tailed Godwits and a colour-ringed Curlew (left leg red, right leg yellow). 

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