Lade - 0730hrs - Mild, overcast, misty e1 - With Bernard Skinner staying for a couple of nights attention switched to moths with two back garden traps yielding 121 moths of 15 species. Migrants included: Silver Y, Scarce Bordered Straw, Delicate, Dark Sword-grass and Gem.
Plenty of winter thrushes, Skylarks, Chaffinches and Goldfinches over the cottage this morning.
Dengemarsh Gully - 1030hrs - Walked the gully where large numbers of grounded thrushes present. Numbers difficult to accurately count but in 2 hours probably had 50 Blackbirds, 50 Redwings, 50 Robins, 30 Song Thrushes, 20 Fieldfares and 4 Stonechats; also, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Kestrels, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Cetti`s Warbler and an assortment of Starlings, Great Tits, Wrens and Dunnocks. Overhead passage had begun to tail off by the time I arrived but a steady trickle of Skylarks, Mipits, Chaffinches and Goldfinches noted, plus a few Redpolls and Siskins.
Down at the dam joined MH, PB & BM who`d had loads more including Ring Ouzel, Brambling and a Jack Snipe that plunged down into cover never to be seen again; does make you wonder what else could be lurking here... Whilst nattering away several parties of Brents, scoters and Gannets noted just off shore.
Van Morrison, Canterbury - 1930hrs - A belated birthday pressie from Mrs PT was a pair of tickets to see Van The Man at the Marlowes theatre in Canterbury this evening performing his Born to Sing tour. The legendary Ulsterman was on top form selecting a wide range of songs from his extensive back catalogue covering almost half a century, from the seminal Astral Weeks album to his more contemporary jazzy stuff of today. He played many of his classic numbers, all rework in a different style, including my all time favourite Days Like This, which reminds me of my dear old mum. His band of musicians were, of course, of the highest quality and anyone going to tonight's gig is in for a real treat: the supreme singer/songwriter at the top of his game, even after 50 years, pure genius.