Lade - 0900hrs - Mild, dry, sunny, w1 - Following the gloom of yesterday this morning dawned sunny and cold but soon warmed up enough for a red admiral and an unidentified hawker to take wing in the garden. Gave the local patch a thorough going over and there was plenty to see. Raptors were much in evidence with several each of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier and a single Common Buzzard out hunting. From the aerial ramp a late Swallow zipped through constituting my latest ever here. Occasional Siskins, Goldfinches and Skylarks moved overhead while the willow swamp held the usual squealing Water Rails and calling Cetti`s Warbler, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest.
North pit had the majority of diving ducks including 3 Goldeneyes and the juv Long-tailed Duck.
On the beach this afternoon all the expected waders including 30 Knots, 25 Barwits and 10 Grey Plovers, plus 5 Brents, 2 Shelducks and 30 Wigeons.
ps: The Common Crane was relocated around midday in a stubble field at the western end of Scotney Pits (NB).