Friday, 16 April 2021

Grey Herons

 Lade - cold, sunny, NE 3 - The weather remains the same with a cool northerly airflow suppressing temperatures across the peninsula. On the local patch first thing a few more Willow Warblers singing from the willow swamp were the only newcomers, while a pair of Sparrowhawks displayed overhead.

                                 Redshanks on the hayfields

A late morning circuit of the bird reserve was notable for three Whimbrels and a Red Kite over heading inland. Hayfields 1/2 looked in good nick with plenty of water attracting 20 Teal, 10 Lapwings, 14 Redshanks, four Ringed Plovers, two Grey Herons, Little Egret and a Garganey. Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats were in fine voice around the trail along with Bittern and Bearded Tits at Hookers and a pair of Marsh Harriers over the reedbed. Also noted: Wigeon, Shoveler, Yellow Wagtail, Willow and Cetti`s Warblers, Blackcap, Wheatear, Linnets, Stonechat and Green Woodpecker.  

This will be the second year that I`ve been unable to count the Lydd Heronry due to the ongoing restrictions. However, church wardens Pat and Les Carter, who have access to the church tower, assure  me that all is well and that there is plenty of breeding activity across the heronry as testified by the pic below - and what a pair of cuties they are!

                                  Grey Heron chicks, Lydd Heronry (by Les Carter)

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