Lade - 0900hrs - Mild, cloudy, drizzle later, sw 2 - After leaving Barney at home yesterday I felt it only fair to visit dog-friendly birding sites today to make amends, so spent the morning flogging the local patch. Wildfowl wise Teal and Pochard were in the ascendancy with 200 of each but there was little else of note on the water apart from 2 Goldeneyes and a Smew. Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Marsh Harrier also noted, plus calling Water Rail and Cetti`s Warbler. On the beach all the usual waders including Redshank and Grey Plover, which we dipped yesterday.
Scotney - 1400hrs - En-route to Scotney 3 Smew, 2 Goldeneye and Great White Egret on New Diggings from the causeway road. The 3 Egyptian Geese reported earlier (PB) were on the grass at the Kent end amongst the sheep. Elsewhere, 12 Pintail within the Wigeon, Teal and Pochard, 15 Shelduck but still no sign of the Barnacle flock. Walked down to the fields by the workings where a small flash held 3 Brents amongst more feral geese. Whilst scanning had distant flight views of the Common Crane over towards Cheyne Court, plus 5 Marsh Harriers and more feral geese and swans