Kerton Road Pit - 0900hrs - cool, cloudy, sw2 - As it was Saturday and all was silent decided to have a quick look around the quarry that runs from Kerton Road towards Lade. Several pairs of Oystercatchers and a pair of Lapwings were displaying at the northern end near the island, along with singing Reed Buntings, Mipits and Skylarks. Several migrant Chiffchaffs and Linnets were in the gorse at the southern end, while on the dry part of the pit a Little Ringed Plover called in flight and briefly landed before disappearing over the far side of the quarry; my first of the year.
Pigwell Pit, Lydd - 1030hrs - Checked the washout pit which is normally attractive to Avocets, but not so this morning, as all that was present was a couple of Shelducks and a group of gulls. Reed Buntings and a pair of Stonechats elsewhere.
Galloways 1115hrs - A white-winged Crow, 2 prs of Stonechats, a Kestrel and 8 Corn Buntings was about all I could find here.
RSPB - 1145hrs A distinct change over the past week around the bird reserve as many of the wintering wildfowl have shipped out as the daylight hours rapidly lengthen, while Marsh Harriers have gone into breeding mode and a Bittern is now booming from Hooker`s reedbed.
Today the best I could muster up were, 3 Brents and a Gypo amongst the feral geese on Dengemarsh fields, Great White Egret New Digging, Long-staying Duck Burrowes and a Wheatear in the gully.