Lade - 0900hrs - mild, sunny, w 2 - We flogged around the local patch for little return on the bird front apart from three Goldeneyes on south lake and a good view of a Water Rail in the willow swamp. Marsh Harrier, Green Woodpecker and Kestrel were all active over the back, while Skylark and Reed Bunting were both in song. Scanning the skies for any overhead migrants from the aerial ramp proved fruitless, although OL reported a Red Kite north over New Romney around noon.
RSPB - 1430hrs - A brief tour of the bird reserve also delivered very little apart from yesterdays Scaup and Slav Grebe on Burrowes, plus Glossy Ibis and Pink-footed Goose on the fields at Boulderwall. A wander down to the pines at Tower pits yielded Chiffchaff and Long-tailed Tit while a Great White Egret flew over ARC heading towards Dengemarsh.