Friday, 24 August 2012

Long Live the King



I was joined by Ron Bubbins a few minutes after 5.00 this morning and we and we spent the morning birding the area. The Ruff was still on the spit from the ramp with a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper and was later joined by 3 Black-tailed Godwits. The first of 8 adult Marsh Harriers left roost before 8.30 and a very small count of 3 Little Egrets was scant compared to recent counts. Scanning through the Ducks, I’d just got all 5 Garganey when everything flushed and looking up saw the juvenile Purple Heron coming towards us from the left hand back pool before turning north and heading on its usual path. Checking through the Ducks again a female Mandarin swam past 2 of the Garganey and disappeared behind the reeds while 3 Grey Herons were playing chase. Four Sand Martins flew out of the reeds and small parties of hirrundines were seen throughout the morning. A Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and a Snipe were seen and along the river by the bots a mixed Tit flock held several Chiffchaffs, 6+ Willow Warblers as well as several juvenile Blue Tits and a few Great and Long-tailed. At the Water Meadows we met Norman McCanch who was busy drawing a Spotted Redshank that had 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 9 Green Sandpipers for company. The three of us made our way to the lake at Stodmarsh where the Great-white Egret was instantly seen roosting in one of the dead ‘Cormorant’ trees. Other than 1 female Pochard, 1 drake Tufted Duck, 1 Great-crested Grebe and the lone Great Black-backed Gull on the Tern raft there was little else of note. A Kingfisher showed well from Reed Bed hide and a Green Sandpiper fed around the edge.
Kingfisher at reed bed hide

Kingfisher at reed bed hide

Great-white Egret roosting with the Cormorants

Great-white Egret and cousin

1 comment:

  1. Good to see that Kingfisher at Reed bed hide Martyn, would it have been ringed in the valley ?