Monday 16 December 2019

Winter wildfowl

Lade - mild, overcast, showery, light airs - Another grey old day across the peninsula, although at least the strong winds of yesterday had abated. A handful of Redwings and Fieldfares around the ponds this morning was a most unusual sight, presumably birds that had dropped in overnight, otherwise there was no change to the wildfowl on the lakes.
  Scotney pits, however was full of birds with hundreds of common wildfowl, Lapwings and feral geese on the main lake and front fields. Two Long-tailed Ducks found earlier (OL) had drifted over to the far side of the lake and were diving regularly so difficult to see, while the Slavonian Grebe was still on the small lake by the entrance to the quarry. The pair of Whooper Swans remained in the stubble field by the dung heap along Dengemarsh Road and a Little Owl sat atop a wall by the watch tower in Lydd camp.

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