Thursday, 23 September 2021

Late Cuckoo

Lade - warm, dry and sunny, W 3 - Heading out across the shingle ridges first thing into a buffeting  westerly I wasn`t expecting much, but could not have been more wrong! A steady trickle of House Martins and Swallows south, along with a few grounded Meadow Pipits, two Wheatears and a Whinchat on the Desert scrub was a decent start. Whilst scanning the long reed bed on south lake and checking out a Great White Egret, a Bittern flew past and disappeared into the reeds below the wall `mirror`, my first since last winter. Slumped atop the wall on drooping wings was a juvenile Cuckoo, easily my latest ever autumn record here, and soon disturbed by a passing Jackdaw. Also noted across the site, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker and several Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap by the ponds.

                                 Wheatear, Lade

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