Dartford Warbler

Coastguards cottages

My first walk through the Country Park since the end of the migration watch yesterday included a check on the numbered bollards around Warren Glen, one of several tasks which the Friends of HCPNR carry out to assist the rangers. One found damaged.

I was pleased to hear a Dartford Warbler calling from young gorse at the top of Warren Glen, the first I’ve recorded since the last of the migrants on Oct 8. Although it’s extremely mild at present, if we should have a cold spell then this is the right age of gorse for these to winter in, as opposed to older, leggier gorse which snow can get under and prevent foraging.

Other birds were a Crossbill, 6 Fieldfares and a Peregrine; Song Thrushes were singing unseasonally and there were quite a few Goldcrests.

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