Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Last Kent Winter Survey

Yes, it was the last winter survey last Sunday for Me and Mo along the Hoo peninsular, and it couldn't have been any better weather wise - and even the birds performed well.

With late spring like weather we almost forgot it was still mid March, and all that was missing was the rush of Migrants that everyone expects as soon as there is some unseasonal warm temperatures.  We thought we would be tripping over Wheatears and struggling to count the hirundines flying through overhead!!  Only to face facts that yeah... its not quite happening yet.

Anyway it was still nice to see all the regular species around, Skylarks in full song, Lapwing displaying all over, the Golden Plover flock wheeling around looking eager to make there way north.

Bearded Tits pinging from the reedbeds, Cetti's bursting in song, and Marsh Harriers high up enjoying the thermals.

Avocets were starting to pair up and deserting the nearby Essex wintering stronghold, but last weeks Hen Harrier was still around causing havoc with the local mipits proving that winter is not quite over yet.

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