Had a very interesting chat with a lady called Alison who conducts talks on the Great Crane Project, and identified the juvenile crane I saw last year as Mildred which has subsequently disappeared.
The black necked grebe is still on ARC, and a merlin was seen there also. A distinct lack of waders today, just the usual waterfowl inc 5 pintail.
Over to the main reserve - rich roast time - spotting 2 wheatear on the track, the great white egret had been spotted earlier from Dennis's hide but I couldn't locate it, but 9 knot did fly in and land on one of the bars briefly. Drove up to Denge and sat there for about 90 mins, saw the great white and 3 marsh harriers, coot numbers now exceeding 300, and a large flock of lapwings and golden plover over the back on the farmers fields. The drive back to the visitor centre showed another kestrel and a hobby.
After another rich roast, I returned to ARC to hopefully find some waders, but failed miserably. There was a small flurry of activity in the willows beside the hide with a nicely mixed group of blue, great and long tail tits with chiffchaffs and was then followed 5 mins later by cettis warbler.
Count for the day 51
|Mildred - seen at Stodmarsh 19th Sep 2011|
|Great White Egret|