Saturday, 16 January 2016

A clear frosty morning on the peninsula made for a pleasant walk from the ARC to Hookers. 100s of Lapwing and Golden Plover were in the Boulderwall fields, also a small flock of Linnets my first of the year, but no sign of the drake Smew that had been in residence on the track side pools. Despite there being at least 2 Dartford Warblers between the coral and the viewing mound I failed to see any of them, nor not surprisingly the Penduline Tits. At the back Hookers the Slavonian Grebe still also a Bittern, 2+ Bearded Tits and a Snipe over.
A visit to the fishing boats saw the 1w Caspian Gull as tame as ever, unfortunately no sign of any of the Glaucous Gulls. A short video of the 1w Glaucous Gull can seen HERE. Another look around the beach this afternoon with the same result.
An hour lunchtime watching from Plodland saw 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Common Buzzards, 100s of Lapwing and Golden Plover and the usual Greylags and Canada Geese.
Late afternoon on Walland Marsh 9 Marsh Harriers came in to roost in one reed bed and 8 more into another, also a Bittern, 4 Bearded Tits, a Great White Egret, 2 Stonechats and a couple of Common Buzzards.
The Long-eared Owl was apparently showing well today. A short video of it taken the other day just to prove it's not stuffed can be seen HERE.

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