Monday, 10 December 2012


Lade - 0800hrs - cold, sunny, nw 3 - Virtually the first bird of the day was a Brambling calling in the garden fir trees. It eventually came down onto the bird feeders but didn`t stay for long before departing high to the west. Large numbers of Teal remained on the pits and several Marsh Harriers were already hunting behind the `mirrors`, otherwise similar stuff to yesterday, plus a single `cronking` Raven.
Walland Marsh - 1330hrs - A drive around Midley delivered 32 Bewick`s, 2 Whooper and 3 Black Swans, 2 Common Buzzards, 3 Marsh Harriers and distant flight views of the Common Crane
RSPB - 1400hrs - Crossing the causeway road the Black-throated Diver was still present on New Diggings along with a Great White Egret. There was no sign of the Ring-necked Duck on New Excavations, but 2 each of Smew and Goosander on Burrowes. Over the road a stroll down to Screen hide delivered a fly over Bittern from Tower pits and several Marsh Harriers, plus the usual Tree Sparrows in the car park.
ps: I couldn`t find any sign of the Waxwings at Hammonds Corner this afternoon, but that was probably because the same flock was reported in Lydd earlier today. Elsewhere across the Marsh there were reports of 36 at Johnson`s Corner, Hamstreet; 15 at Pontins, Camber Sands; 20 in the centre of Dymchurch and 5 at Midley.

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