Lade - 0800hrs - dry, sunny, nw 2 - A stunning morning with bright blue skies and only a light wind. We walked Mockmill again where the scrub was full of Blackbirds, several Song Thrushes and Robins plus 2 Stonechats at the northern end of the sewer. Whilst scanning behind the `mirrors` the Black Kite flew over from Romney Salts and was soon mobbed by a gang of crows, diverting it back towards the airfield. Three Marsh Harriers, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk also noted plus all the usual corvids, gulls, Woodies, doves and plovers.
On south lake 2 redhead Goldeneye were amongst the duck and Coot flock.
Hythe - Had to go to the big metropolis today so checked the sea front defence blocks for Purple Sandpiper around midday. The sun was against me and it was low tide, so not great conditions, but managed to find one at the bottom of Stade Street amongst several Turnstone.