Monday, 27 May 2013

Enjoying the Sun

Early morning I cycled down to Dengemarsh. On the way a couple of Yellow Wagtails were opposite the racing track and a Corn Bunting a little further down, over the fields a Marsh Harrier hunted. Round the Hayfields no sign of any Lapwings (I hope they haven't all been predated), in hayfield 3 a Little Egret was the best I could see. From Dengemarsh Hide 2 of the rafts were a hive of activity with the nesting Common Terns, the third having been taken over by a pair of Common Gulls. The Bittern was booming every few minutes and the Harriers were busy over the reed bed.
 In the small copse at the start of the track to Lydd a Spotted flycatcher which I managed to get a record picture of. I would normally have deleted a picture like this but as they appear to be so scarce this year it might be the only one I get to snap.
 Making my way back to the viewing ramp a Hobby was perched on the viewing ramp bench. From the ramp 2+ Cuckoo's chased each other around, the Bittern repeatedly booming, Marsh Harriers coming and going, Common Terns fishing the pools infront, Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers singing along with Common Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Bearded Tits, 2 high flying Hobby's and a Pochard giving a fly by.

 A couple of hours sitting in the front garden BOP watching  saw up to 5 Hobby's and a Marsh Harrier over the Rape field, 2 distant Common Buzzards and a Raven.
Another cycle down to the viewing ramp this evening in the glorious sunshine produced more or lee a repeat performance of this morning.

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