Lade - 1000hrs - cold, sunny start, then cloudy, sw 3 - We struck out across the desert in the vain hope of finding the Little Bustard that was reported from East Guldeford yesterday flying toward Camber. If it is still on the Marsh (or the ranges, a likely spot) tomorrow will probably be the likely day for it to be found, what with all the NYD birders in the field. However, a smart Short-eared Owl hunting the airport fields behind the `mirrors` was some compensation, while the usual wildfowl were on a partially frozen lake. The Boxing Day gale did a fair bit of damage down here, including the power line pole below.
RSPB - A final scout round the bird reserve delivered the usual sawbills, egrets and wildfowl.