Lade - 0900hrs - cold, overcast, dry, ne 2 - Lighter winds today so didn`t feel as cold as of late. Walking across the storm beaches Snipe and Song Thrush flushed from cover. On south pit the Red-breasted Merganser showed well close to the bank with 3 Goldeneyes further out and five more on north pit. From the causeway track Water Rail and Bittern flushed plus several more rails calling from the reed swamp. Two Marsh Harriers and a singing Skylark over the farmland and a Green Woodpecker on the wall `mirror`.
Dengemarsh - 1500hrs - A wander around the hayfields from Springfield Bridge delivered hundreds of Lapwing, Wigeon and Teal on the wet meadows plus 4 Shelducks, 20 Dunlins, 6 Redshanks, 4 Golden Plovers and a Black-tailed Godwit my first of the year and 137th species on the Marsh this year. Also noted 3 Marsh Harriers, 5 Bearded Tits, 2 Dabchicks and a Raven.