Lade - 0800hrs - bright, sunny and still - After the heavy rain of yesterday the raptors were out and about enjoying ideal hunting conditions. Three Marsh Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks and singles of Kestrel and Buzzard on the wing plus, I presume, yesterdays Short-eared Owl quartering the Desert.
Checked out north pit, which was loaded with Teal and Gadwall and not much else.
RSPB - 1400hrs - Had a run out with MH this afternoon in fine winter weather. From the causeway road, Great White Egret and Long-tailed Duck noted on ARC. From Dengemarsh hide the second Great White Egret showed briefly. Also here 3 Snipe, 5 Bearded Tits, 5 Marsh Harriers, 4 Dabchicks and a Dunlin. Hundreds of Goldies, Lapwings, Greylags, Woodpigeons and Stock Doves on the back fields. Plenty of activity around the hay fields with the contractors fitting the predator fencing. Finished off over the road from Hanson where the Glossy Ibis put in a late show. Also, 3 Bewick`s Swans in front of the hide, plus 3 Smews, 6 Goldeneyes, 2 Pintails, 3 Marsh Harriers and singles of Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff and Green Woodpecker. We both commented on how the recent rain has dramatically raised the water levels on both pits.
Three Short-eared Owls were reported from the St Mary`s Bay end of Littlestone golf course.