Lade - 0800hrs - cold, bright and sunny, nw 4 - A nippy old day due to the brisk north-westerly. Nothing much new on the pits apart from 2 Shelducks. Overhead, single figures of Goldfinch, Mipit and Skylark.
ARC - From Hanson hide several hundred wildfowl on the lake including 3 Goldeneyes. Raptors of note were a Marsh Harrier hunting Coot in mid-water and a Merlin bathing on the far side. Also noted singles of Kingfisher and Great White Egret, 4 Little Egrets and 2 Chiffchaffs in the willows.
Walland Marsh - Bewick`s Swans - Now, what is there not to like about these beautiful wild swans that grace us with their presence about this time of year. Having abandoned their nesting grounds on the Russian tundra they will spend the next three months or so grazing on oil-seed rape greenery or grubbing around on potato fields. They are easy to see from the back road between Lydd and Brookland, so enjoy them while you can and there should be many more to come yet.