Thursday, 30 November 2017

First snow of winter

Lade - cold, frosty, nw 2 - A proper nippy winter`s morning for our circuit of the local patch where the expected egrets and herons were working the reed bed on south lake. The highlight though was a flock of 20 Fieldfares flying in off the bay - in a snow flurry!
Littlestone - St. Mary`s Bay - The snow didn't last long though, so in  bright sunshine, and an increasing northerly wind, we walked the foreshore from the beach huts at Littlestone down to the sea defence blocks at St Mary`s Bay checking for buntings and the like, of which there wasn't a sniff. A mixed flock of 20 roosting Grey Plovers, Dunlins and Turnstones were the only birds of note, while a few Gannets and Kittiwakes drifted past way offshore. The golf course was deserted apart from a flyover Great Spotted Woodpecker and a couple of Linnets.
  This afternoon we checked north lake at Lade in bitterly cold conditions, but could only muster two Goldeneyes of note before heading home to the fireside. Not a great afternoon to be out and about.

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