Saturday, 9 March 2013

Dozy But No Dwarves

Chiddy was asleep in his car when I arrived at 5.30 this morning but a quick blast of Pink Floyd soon brought him round and after a brief catch up we made headway for the Ramp to the ever ascending dawn chorus to be joined by Alan a short while later. A Woodcock flew over as we put on our boots and from the Ramp in the morning’s gloomy cloud and fog filled sky with early drizzle we noted 1 Barn Owl, 2 Shelduck a trickle of Marsh Harriers that eventually reached 8, the first of 4 Cetti’s Warblers  becoming more vocal the first of 2 Bitterns, the second bird with Mr A at Reedbed hide and just 16 Mute Swans out. There were 4 Water Rail around the reserve, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Redshank, 1000+ Lapwings, 5 Dunlin, 2 Little Egrets and 4 Grey Herons.  There were 3 Tufted Duck from the Ramp, 7 at Feast hide and a further 5 on the lake at Stodmarsh. The Oxbow held 92 Wigeon while the Water Meadows had just a handful of Teal although a flock of Waders flew north over us containing 16 Golden Plovers and a single Ruff. The Lake at Stodmarsh was very quiet and the 5 Tufties aside there were 39 Pochards 2 Great-crested Grebes and 3 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 adult and 2 1st winters). Meeting Steve Ashton on the board walk by the Alder Wood where there was no sign of the Penduline Tit we headed for Reedbed hide for breakfast. Sue Morton saw a ringtail Hen Harrier enroute to Marsh hide and 3 Siskins in the Alder Wood and Alan, Chiddy and I watched at least 23 Snipe and 24+ Water Pipits from Marsh hide as we passed through where we also added  another 60 Wigeon and the only Kestrel of the day. The three of us met up with Sue at the Ramp where there was nothing new to add but on leaving the wet fields beside the road at the Grove entrance had a small feeding party of birds that included 11 Pied Wagtails, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Dunnock and 1 Meadow Pipit.
Pied Wagtail

White Wagtail
During the week after I’d finished work I noticed the imprint of a Pigeon/Dove on my bedroom window and managed a half decent photo. Any who may be interested in the GT6 restoration , I have now started a second separate blog about it here  
Ghost of a Pigeon/Dove

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