Sunday, 17 April 2016

Bits and Pieces!

 A chilly start with a light frost and light northerly wind. An Iceland Gull probably a 1w was seen at The Patch early morning, by the time I arrived it was long gone. A Black Tern was  nice feeding over The Patch with 200+ Common Terns, a party of 13 Whimbrel flew east as did 4 Common Scoter, a few Gannets and several Mediterranean Gulls, but little else was moving off shore.
On the New Diggings the 2 Slavonian Grebes still, over the road on the ARC a few Sand Martins and Swallows.
Stoat by Hookers
A walk around the reserve with AJG and DC saw a few more Hirundines, a Black-necked Grebe on Burrowes along with the small numbers of common wildfowl, a Green Sandpiper was behind Christmas Dell, a Wheatear at Hayfield 3, also a Raven over, Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Goose and booming Bittern at Dengemarsh, Mediterranean Gulls could be heard all round the reserve. The scrub and ditches around the reserve held numerous Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings, also Cetti's Warblers, Reed Warblers, Bearded Tits. Marsh Harriers could be seen all round along with several Common Buzzards and a Whimbrel was by the entrance track. A 90 minute sky watch from the front garden produced 4 very high displaying Marsh Harriers, 4+ Common Buzzards, a Peregrine, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Mediterranean Gulls over. 
Off to Morocco tomorrow so no more posts for a while.

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