Wednesday 17 April 2019

Spring passerines

Dungeness - cool, cloudy, misty, light airs - A circular walk of the bird reserve for 11 guests delivered a good range of spring passerines, chiefly from the warbler tribe again. I can`t remember seeing so many Sedge Warblers around the site, there must`ve been at least 50 males belting out their territorial songs during the course of the two mile circuit. Also up to 10 Willow Warblers, 20 Cetti`s Warblers (several actually seen quite well!), five Chiffchaffs, five Blackaps and our first Reed Warbler of the year chugging away in Hookers reedbed, where we also had cracking views of Bearded Tits around the grit tray and our first two House Martins of spring overhead. The two remaining Cattle Egrets were amongst the cow herd opposite Dengemarsh hide. Linnets, Skylark, Wheatear, Reed Buntings, Marsh Harrier and Little Egret also noted.
  Burrowes, however, was disappointing with no passage waders present, which was no surprise considering how many large gulls were still loitering on the islands, alongside a few lingering Teal, Wigeon and Shoveler and Sparrowhawk by the Dipping Pond.

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