Thursday, 15 November 2012

Another Pallas's Warbler

Arriving at The Point at c07.45 there was no wind and the sea was flat calm. A plod around the containers and fishing boats found the Glaucous Gull and the Yellow-legged Gull, also 4 Redwing and 2 Goldcrests foraging round the old nets. Overhead a few Stock Doves and Wood Pigeons went out and a Redpoll and 2 Siskins flew over avoiding a Merlin. Strangest was Brent goose with an identity crisis roosting with the Great Black Backed Gulls. At the obs yesterdays Pallas's Warbler had gone. But as a Woodcock and Woodlark had been recorded I went for tramp around the trapping area with TG where we recorded 2 newly arrived Common Buzzards and ring tail Hen Harrier, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 17 Redwing, 44 Blackbirds, 8 Redpoll, 13 Siskin and 6 Brambling.
There was no sign of The Common Crane at Scotney , not surprising since a quad bike was tearing around the stubble field.
A Pallas's Warbler was seen in Denge Marsh Gulley early morning (BM) but quickly moved on. I met King Squacco down the gully late morning but could only find a flock of c10 Goldcrests. While there a call from DW alerted me to another Pallas's Warbler in the Lighthouse Garden, minutes later I was on site and shortly after the Pallas's appeared. A different bird to yesterday as its rump was much brighter. It was moving around the garden extremely quickly, often in company of a Firecrest allowing very few photo opportunities. While there a Brambling landed in the Sycamore and a Black Redstart made several visits to the garden.

Munching a Bluebottle

Yesterdays Firecrest

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