Lade - mild, dry, cloudy, sw 3 - With the passing of Storm Clodagh yesterday the weather settled down today and was incredibly spring-like, nudging 15C around midday. Flight views of a Bittern was the highlight this morning, followed by a Short-eared Owl this evening from the viewpoint by the school. On the bay Knot numbers were up to 150 and 2 Brents were sat on the sands at low tide.
Walland Marsh - Following reports of the first Bewick`s Swans of the winter yesterday I checked the fields between Old Romney and Lydd, but without success; although one flock of swans in a distant field from Swamp Lane was partly obscured and unidentifiable. Several Marsh Harriers, Kestrel and Buzzard were noted, plus Mistle Thrush and 10 Fieldfares.
On the bird reserve the usual wildfowl, including sawbills on Burrowes, plus the Long-eared Owl roosting behind the discovery pond.
It seemed odd birding without Barney as he spent the day at the vets having some dental work done. However, when I picked him up I was relieved to see him bouncing around, despite being minus six teeth.