Thursday, 23 February 2012


08.30-09.30 at The Point with the fog horn going and poor visibility. Still some Auks, Great Crested Grebes and plenty of Cormorants in shore. The highlight being 1 Fulmar and a flock of 105 Red Throated Divers chased out of Lade Bay by the Range Safety Boat. 24 Smew still on New Diggings (3 Drakes) from the causeway.
By the time I reached the reserve the sun was out. Dunnocks and Reed Buntings were singing, Herring Gulls were nest building as were 2 Ravens flying back and forth with nesting material. 4 Marsh Harriers were displaying around Hookers and a Bittern flew over to Christmas Dell, 4 Stonechats around the tracks , a Great White Egret at Boulderwall Farm and 25+ Tree Sparrows around the feeders.
 On the ARC 200+Golden Plover, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin also 2 Ruff and 2 Ringed Plovers were the first of the year on the pit for me. 2 red head Smew, 15+ Goldeneye, 3+Marsh Harriers and a Peregrine raced through causing mayhem just as Bittern flew into the reed bed beside Hanson Hide.  In the Willow Trail 2 butterfly's a Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell.
Another Bittern around the Tower Pits and from the Screen Hide a Little Egret catching tiddlers.

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