Lade - mild, cloudy, dry, sw 5 - A blustery old day with Storm Desmond whipping up-Channel; although looking at the rainfall levels in north-west Britain I reckon we`ve got away lightly down here. After checking the pits, where the now expected water birds were still present in huge numbers, we walked the beach down to Littlestone searching the tideline for a Snow Bunting and the like, but all we could conjure up was a few Turnstones, a couple of Pied Wagtails and a Mipit. Out on the bay hundreds of tiny Sanderlings and Dunlins continued to feed in what was sand blizzard conditions.
Lydd - At the back of Horsebones farm 4 Bewick`s Swans briefly stuck their heads up amongst the oil-seed rape within a Mute Swan flock. Brett`s pit continues to attract a number of Great White and Little Egrets, presumably due to an abundance of food, while the Long-eared Owl was still present on the bird reserve.