Sunday 17 February 2019

Roosting harriers and egrets

Lade - warm, dry, sunny, sw3 - The past two days have been much of a muchness on the local patch with the same wildfowl on the lakes for the monthly WeBS count including six Goldeneyes. Marsh Harriers, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret and Chiffchaff noted across the weekend.
  Yesterday afternoon on the way back from St Mary`s Bay I watched a Short-eared Owl hunting a sheep field, probably the same bird that was seen by CT later on over the main road on Littlestone golf links. The two Whooper Swans were still in the rape-seed fields from Cockles Bridge and six Bewick`s Swans at Horses Bones Farm.
Walland Marsh - Joined CP out on the Marsh this afternoon for the harrier roost count at our usual site where six Marsh Harriers came in. However, the big surprise was a new egret roost that comprised 11 Great Whites and seven Little Egrets. A mixed flock of Greylags included 26 White-fronted Geese and two Egyptian Geese. Also noted four Buzzards, two Ravens, Kestrel, Merlin, Barn Owl, Stonechat, 50 Fieldfares, Skylark, Goldfinch and Reed Buntings, plus two Brown Hares, a rare sight of late.

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