Lade - 0830hrs - cold, overcast, sunny later, ne 2 - A cold grey start but around noon the big yellow thing put in a long overdue appearance, and out of the wind it even felt warm. On south pit the Merganser was still present along with several Goldeneyes and a flyover Great White Egret.
Dungeness - Checked out the shingle beach between the lifeboat station and the fishing boats just in case an early Wheatear had dropped in... From the shelter of the boats joined DW and PB for a quick look at the sea. The usual auks, Great Crested Grebes, Red-throated Divers, Cormorants coming and going along with lesser numbers of Gannets and Kittiwakes, plus 8 Common Scoters and a white-winged Guillemot.
Boulderwall - Checked out the fields at Boulderwall where hundreds of Lapwings, Goldies, Stock Doves, Starlings and Wigeon amongst a motley collection of feral geese including a few Barnacles and a lone Snow/Emperor Goose. Also noted a couple of Marsh Harriers, 3 Snipe, Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper and 3 calling Cetti`s Warblers.
Tree Sparrows - RSPB have been trapping and ringing Tree Sparrows again today with a total of 33 birds now marked. Each bird has a silver BTO ring on the left leg and a blue colour ring on the right leg stamped with two individual white letters. The project is an attempt to try and find out where they go on their wanderings, so if you do encounter a Tree Sparrow with the above markings please let the Society know.