Monday, 2 March 2015

Dartford Warblers & Goldcrests

Dartford Warbler, Sylvia undata
On Friday afternoon I visited The Burgh near Burpham where I saw a Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Stonechat, a flock of at least 13 Corn Buntings and two Brown Hares. Three Short-eared Owls sat in their usual field near the dew pond. When a tractor passed near them they stayed on the ground until they were forced to fly, then they landed nearby. The wind was strong at times.

On Sunday clear skies encouraged me to visit Iping Common again. I saw two Dartford Warblers displaying near a tumulus. A flock of Goldcrests twittered in the gorse and a Reed Bunting appeared briefly.
Brown Hare, Lepus europaeus

Corn Bunting, Emberiza calandra

Corn Buntings
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
Red Kite, Milvus milvus
Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
Iping Common:
Buzzard, Buteo buteo
Dartford Warbler, Sylvia undata
typical view of a Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Goldcrest, Regulus regulus

Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus

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