Friday, 18 June 2021

Turtle Dove

 Lade - cloudy, muggy, wet, NE 3 - Another soggy day of clammy weather conditions, but that didn`t seem to deter the breeding warblers going about their business across the local patch. I spent a couple of hours concentrating on the willow swamp and north lake where it was good to see several broods each of Mallard and Coot on the water, plus one of Dabchick. Bit of a surprise was a Turtle Dove briefly perched atop the 20` dish `mirror`, my one and only record this year here, and probably a dispersing adult from elsewhere as I`m pretty sure they`re not breeding locally.

                                  Little Ringed Plover, Burrowes

                                 Viper`s Bugloss

A tour of the bird reserve in fine rain produced a smart adult male Little Ringed Plover in front of the Firth viewpoint on Burrowes and at least 31 Common Terns sitting on nests on a gull-free island opposite the VC. Across Dengemarsh the usual Marsh Harriers, three Ravens, two Great White Egrets, a Hobby, Bearded Tits, Corn Buntings and Yellow Wagtails and a count of 680 feral geese! A circuit of the range road and The Rype at Lydd checking out the Starlings drew a blank for a Rosy.

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