Lade - 1000hrs - mild, sunny, sw 4 - Once the rain band cleared it was sunshine all the way, along with a positively warmish wind off the Atlantic; at least when compared to last weeks easterly. However, after a day in London yesterday on grandparent duties the local patch received the full treatment this morning. On south pit a drake Smew and 3 redheads were the star birds, plus a flyover Bittern, 6 Goldeneyes on the water and a Great White Egret in the reedbed by the `mirrors`. Most of the ducks were sheltering from the stiff breeze amongst the willows where 2 Marsh Harriers were on patrol. Also noted 2 Water Rails, plenty of winter thrushes, including Mistle and Song Thrushes, Green Woodpecker and a tit flock that attracted a Chiffchaff.
Romney Salts - A quick scan from the ramp by the school yielded 50 Curlews and a large flock of gulls roosting out the high tide, plus hundreds of Woodpigeons, Stock Doves, Lapwings and Goldies. Also noted more thrushes, 10 Skylarks and winter thrushes.
Littlestone - The 2 Snow Buntings were in the Varne car park before being flushed by walkers towards the sand dunes, Offshore hundreds of Great Crested Grebes and a single group of 20 Red-throated Divers.
RSPB - 1430hrs - A spin round the bird reserve revealed all the usual stuff including, 8 Smew, 6 Goldeneyes and 3 Great White Egrets on ARC/New Diggings, plus hundreds of Wigeon, Goldies, Lapwings, Curlews, Common Gulls, winter thrushes, 3 Barnacle Geese and 3 Marsh Harriers on the fields at Boulderwall.