Saturday, 7 April 2012

Fade to Grey

A complete contrast to yesterday’s sunny yet frosty morning, it was milder yet a lot more grey and overcast today. Migrants still appear to be thin on the ground and the only members of the dawn chorus thus far seem to be high numbers of Blackbird and Song Thrush. The Chiffchaffs seem to be the most numerous with at least 20 singing birds today, whereas the Sedge Warblers haven’t crept above four yet and the only Reed Warbler was still in partial song along the Lampen Wall. There were 4 Garganey of the Ramp this morning three off them drakes, while another pair were at Harrison’s Drove hide. At least 20 Snipe scattered around the site and a year tick in the form of a Greenshank was on the ‘White House’ pool, a pair of Great-spotted Woodpeckers entertained in the two Trees by the gate at the viewing point of this pool. Marsh hide added 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Ruff, 3 Redshank and a male Wheatear and probably the same Ruff and 2 Green Sandpipers were on the Water Meadows later in the morning. A loose flock of a dozen Sand Martins were feeding over the lake with a single Swallow and at least 30 Sand Martins were noted around mid-day from the Ramp. A Grey Wagtail was feeding on the lake edge along the Lampen Wall near Lake Tower hide and a second flew south over the Ramp. Only 4 Blackcaps noted along with 4 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret,2  Sparrowhawks, 5 Canada Geese and a passage of 18-20 Meadow Pipits.
juvenile Herring Gull
On the way home I stopped at Restharrow in Sandwich and got to see the fantastic new hide there, a really nice addition with lots more space and ease of use. Not much birdwise to report however with 1 Little Grebe, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Shelduck, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Common Gull and a scattering of Teal. There were 30 odd large Gulls roosting on the far island mostly Herring Gulls in different ages ad plumages but, also there were 5 fine looking adult summer Lesser Black-backed Gulls there too.
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull and Herring Gulls

Grey Partridge in fields between Restharro and Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club


  1. Visage,if i'm not very much mistaken! Steve was very Strange.

  2. Great post Martyn as always. Good to see that grey Partridge bit of a rarity these days!