Lade - 0800hrs - cold, cloudy, snow flurries, ne 5 - After the excitement of yesterday it was back to basics on the local patch with the only new bird being my first Swallow of the year (species 148 for the Marsh) flying over the cottage heading north into a snow shower - welcome to springtime in England. I`m reluctant to yarn on about the poor weather down here as its getting tedious, and compared to some places up north all we`ve got to moan on about is the blasting east wind, which if you believe the Met Office may be about to bugger off by the weekend. Good job too, we might get a few more migrants coming our way and bit more action on the sea, where incidentally the first Common Terns of the season were reported this morning (PB).
Scotney - 1200hrs - The grass leys around the pit have been seared dry by the cold winds and low temperatures and as a result show no green spring flush; added to which there is no standing water, so not much to attract waders or wildfowl. No shortage of Herring Gulls though, settling down to multiply on the islands.
ARC - From Hanson 5 each of Smew and Goldeneye and precious little else. From the causeway road 2 Ringed Plovers, Shelduck and all the usual dabblers, while a Great White Egret was sheltering in the bushes and a Sparrowhawk zipped over.