Saturday 23 February 2019

Dartford Warblers

Lade - warm, dry and sunny, light airs - A stunning spring day at the back end of winter and a welcome relief from the fog of yesterday. Two Dartford Warblers showed well on site this morning, when not hassled by territorial Dunnocks! Eight Goldeneyes across both waters and a singing Chiffchaff in the willow swamp were the other highlights.
  Sitting in the garden lunch time in glorious warm sunshine (well, it is 23rd February after all!) two Buzzards went down the coast and set the Herring Gulls into meltdown.

                                Dartford Warbler from last year

Dengemarsh - An afternoon stroll around the hayfields delivered very little apart from a pair each of Teal and Shoveler on hayfield 3 which looked superb for forthcoming spring migrants such as Garganey and Little Ringed Plover. Four Great White Egrets and two Goldeneyes were on and around the main lake, plus vocalising Reed Buntings, Cetti`s Warblers and Bearded Tits. Also noted 12 Corn Buntings, 20 Linnets, two Buzzards and Marsh Harrier.
  On the way home the two Whooper Swans were still in the fields behind Lydd football club.

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