Lade - 0900hrs - cold, sunny, sw 3 - Following a weekend on grandparent duties up in London it was good to get out and about around the local patch this morning. All the usual wintering ducks and Coot on south pit, plus a redhead Smew on north pit, while Water Rail, Cetti`s Warbler and Chiffchaff were all vocal in the willow swamp.
Dengemarsh Gully - Picked up Barney from our friend in Lydd and took him for a stroll down the gully. As expected it was a bit desolate with just Raven, Reed Bunting and a couple of Stonechats of any note. From Springfield Bridge two Marsh Harriers over the reedbed, Great White Egret in the hayfield, Dabchick and diving ducks on the water.
A drive around the range road yielded little apart from Kestrel, Green Woodpecker and a Goldeneye on Brett`s.
Scotney - Fairly quiet here with just a few geese on the grass, plus Wigeon, Lapwing, Golden Plover, two Redshank, 10 Dunlin and the wintering Long-tailed Duck at the Scotney Farm end.
New Diggings - The two Black-throated Divers remained on the far side of the water, plus Great White and Little Egrets. Also from the causeway road, on ARC, the usual Gadwall and Teal flock in the shallows and two Smew out on the water.
NB: The Hume`s Leaf Warbler was seen again this morning in the trapping area.