Sunday, 10 February 2013

Penduline Tit Brigthens a Dull Weekend


 
Saturday 9th was arrival as usual at the Grove Ferry entrance with Alan Ashdown meeting me at the gate. On arrival at the viewing Ramp it was noticeable that 20+ ‘small’ Swans were on the pond and as the light improved it was possible to identify 23 Bewick’s Swans with 3 Mute Swans. Four of the Bewick’s were juveniles and two, possibly three, were sub-adult. They all stayed on the reserve until 8.30am before flying off towards Chislet/Sarre in one flock, before that 138 Mute Swans had all flown out in small groups with two groups of 36 coming from the Stodmarsh direction. Also out this morning were 12 Marsh harriers but, only 1 Hen harrier, a ringtail, while a Barn Owl was hunting below the orchard by Newbons Farm. There were 3 Little Egrets present, Water Rail and Cetti’s Warbler made themselves heard, 1 Pochard and 1 Tufted Duck were at the Feast hide while 2 Stonechats and 25+ Water Pipits were at Marsh hide along with 464 Lapwings. Dan van Orsouw had relocated the Penduline Tit near the Alder Wood so Alan and I went along to have a look meeting Brendan enroute. The walk back revealed little else except 3 flyover Canada Geese.
14 of the 23 Bewick's Swans at Grove

Three Bewick's ae they left for pasture

Twenty Two of twenty trhee heading out.
Sunday 10th I parked at Stodmarsh and made my way to the first bend after the Lake Tower hide along the Lampen Wall to watch the Harriers out of roost. There were 6 Hen Harriers out this morning with 2 males. The first was a ringtail at 7.00am then at 7.16 another ringtail and a male, a ringtail at 7.18 and finally a second male and the 4th ringtail at 7.20 plus 13 Marsh Harriers out as well. I was joined by Chiddy and Bernie who’d had Woodcock and Grey Partridge on their way, a Sparrowhawk flew low over the reeds and a flock of 45 Siskins flew past us heading towards the Alder Wood. Not a great deal on the lake except a displaying pair of Great-crested Grebes, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 44 Pochards, 5 Tufted Ducks and 1 Shelduck. The next two and half hours were spent just outside the Alder Wood at the Reed Mace clump that the Penduline Tit had been in yesterday. Today the Penduline showed very well virtually all morning only disappearing a couple of times although, it was often at the back of the stands of Reed Mace. While watching and attempting photography a Tawny Owl called from within the Alder Wood and the Siskin flock flew overhead a couple of times. Craig Sammels picked out a Lesser Redpoll on call as it flew into the wood, he had also had a Green Sandpiper by Stodmarsh Court Farm on his way in. On leaving Stodmarsh via Grove Ferry there were a few Redwing and Fieldfares in the wet fields after the White House while another 3 Green Sandpipers were on the edge of a puddle there and 3 Little Grebes were in the dyke behind the White House.
Male Penduline showing well for over two hours in dull drizzly weather this fine morning

Male Penduline showing well for over two hours in dull drizzly weather this fine morning

Male Penduline showing well for over two hours in dull drizzly weather this fine morning

Male Penduline showing well for over two hours in dull drizzly weather this fine morning

Male Penduline showing well for over two hours in dull drizzly weather this fine morning

Male Penduline showing well for over two hours in dull drizzly weather this fine morning
 

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