Monday, 22 April 2013

Chasing Warblers!

Over the last few days, I have spent a number of hours at Dagenham Chase. After adding Sedge Warbler to my site list for the year this morning, I have now seen all but one of the regular occurring warblers at The Chase. After hearing and seeing the now difficult to find locally Garden Warbler on Saturday morning behind the visitor centre, followed by a silent Lesser Whitethroat. The only one which still eludes me is Grasshopper Warbler, and this is not always guaranteed annually!So, Cettis, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warbler are all now on site.

At least two pairs of Lapwing are sitting on The Slack, and at least three pairs of Great Crested Grebes are on site. Also good to see that all four Egyptian Geese goslings were looking good this morning.

Lapwing

Great Crested Grebe

Egyptian Geese

Egyptian Geese