Pannel Valley NR

3rd September 2007, Monday

A quiet day for nocturnal migrant passerines in the valley – strangely it always seems we record our biggest numbers after clear nights – presumably the cloud cover to the north deters birds from moving this far overland, unlike Dungeness or the north Kent coast where cloud cover can confuse migrants and lead to ‘falls’.

During the morning the Osprey was back (or was it another??), while two Marsh Harriers quartered the reedbeds, and, in the absence of any hirundines for breakfast, the local Sparrowhawk and Hobby decided to chase each other around the site instead.

Wader numbers on the Scrape and Flood continue to increase, and seven Little Egrets were roosting by the Flood. Duck numbers are a little lower than of late, perhaps due to a small amount of disturbance on the Levels over the weekend at the start of the shooting season, but the eclipse Garganey is still around.

Two ‘Greenland-type’ Wheatears were apparent today, big, bold and brash, and several Yellow Wagtails and Tree Pipits passed down the valley.