Greatstone Beach - 0800hrs - cold, overcast, light airs - A stroll down the beach to the sand dunes at Greatstone paid off with brief views of the 2 Snow Buntings reported yesterday. They flew off towards the Varne pitching back down again amongst the marram grass. Several Reed Buntings, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds also noted and a flock of 12 Skylarks came in off the bay.
In contrast to the travails of the passerines the waders were getting stuck into their usual food of marine invertebrates, being largely unaffected by the cold and snow.
Lade - 1600hrs - With a glowering sky looking as though more snow was on the way we checked out the roost this evening from the aerial ramp. About 100 each of Woodpigeons and Starlings came in plus 30 mixed thrushes, 20 Collared Doves, 25 Magpies and 2 Little Egrets. A Great White Egret and 3 Marsh Harriers floated over behind the `mirrors` heading towards the bird reserve.