Friday, 3 April 2015

Spent a drizzly, misty but fairly windless day at Dunge today. The first new bird of the year was a Willow Warbler singing near the Hanson Hide. Along the Dengemarsh Road the 2 Cattle Egrets were still present and a Swallow provided my second year tick. Two LRPs on the Hayfields were also year ticks for me. The Marsh Harriers showed well and a Little Egret flew past as did a Raven. On the reserve a Sedge Warbler was my fourth new bird for the year. The area was experiencing a small fall of migrants, mainly Chiffchaffs, with one in the Lighthouse Garden a possible Siberian. We also had good views of  Firecrest and Black Redstart, which again were year ticks. Finally, the several Chiffchaffs along the Power Station Wall were accompanied by my final tick of the day: a Rock Pipit which we thought may be of the Scandinanvian race. So seven year ticks-not a bad day despite the weather.

Black Redstart

 Rock Pipit (Scandinavian?)


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