Saturday, 16 November 2013

Redpolls and Grey Ghost!

Scotney first thing this morning, the light was superb and the air was crystal clear. A young Merlin spooked the Lapwings on the spit and another adult male was chasing a Meadow Pipit over the ranges. A ring tail Hen Harrier hunted the north bank of the lake and 2 Marsh Harriers were by the wind turbines. On the lake numbers of wildfowl appear to be increasing and on the grass field the usual feral Barnacle Geese and c200 Golden Plover.
                                                    Male Common Redpoll
At the observatory Lesser and Common Redpolls were being trapped as well as some showing characteristics of both also a couple of Chiffchaffs.
                                         Probably a female Common Redpoll
A walk along the beach failed to find any Purple Sandpipers and little of note on the sea.
While at Scotney early afternoon the Long-tailed Duck flew in, flushed from the far bank by workmen.
On Walland the first 14 Bewick Swans of the winter flew over Coldharbour Lane to the fields SE of Wheelgate Farm.
                                                Grey Ghost coming to roost!

On Walland Marsh late afternoon 6 Marsh Harriers and a superb male Hen Harrier came to roost, a Water Rail was squealing, Bearded Tits were calling and Common Buzzard was seen. The sunset was amazing.
                                      A superb sunset over wind turbines on Walland.

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