Friday 11 December 2020

Dusky Warbler

 Lade - mild, sunshine and showers, light airs - Daily visits across the local patch this week have delivered very little change apart from an increase in numbers of Teal and Shoveler and, today, a pair of Goldeneye on north lake. 

                                  Sunset over Lade this afternoon

  The main bird news today was the discovery this morning by AP/SM of a Dusky Warbler in the scrub around ARC car park (where an eastern race Lesser Whitethroat was seen on Thursday). The bird was highly active, calling and even moving through the willow canopy at times before flying over the road into the garden at Boulderwall around midday. The Black-throated Diver was still present on the lake and could be seen from the bank near Screen hide. Also noted this week across the bird reserve: the long-staying Glossy Ibis on the fields at Dengemarsh and Boulderwall, several Water Pipits on the hayfields and a Long-tailed Duck on New Diggings (presumably the Scotney bird). The White-fronted Goose flock and two Whooper Swans were faithful to the oil-seed rape fields between Cockles Bridge and Culver Lane. More White-fronts were reported on Walland Marsh along with several Tundra Geese and 14 Bewick`s Swans. From the fishing boats at Dungeness large numbers of auks, Cormorants, Gannets and Kittiwakes continued to feed offshore along with many Red-throated Divers, Mediterranean Gulls and Sandwich Terns, while an immature Iceland Gull was noted yesterday flying towards Lade bay.

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