Lade - cold, cloudy, light airs - One of the pleasures of watching a local patch on a regular basis is finding something different from the norm, and it need not be a rarity; indeed, what may be rare here could be common elsewhere. Take this morning for example, we were tramping around the circuit by south lake, when up popped a Song Thrush, then another and another, until 11 nervy, flighty birds were counted in scrub by the lake. They weren't here yesterday, so where had they come from? Probably Scandinavia, but who knows for sure, and I`ll bet they won`t be here tomorrow.
The Slavonian Grebe was still on south lake along with the resident Great White Egrets, two Goldeneyes and a host of grebes, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal and diving ducks. Also around the site Goldcrest, Mipit, Stonechat, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Chiffchaff, and Cetti`s Warbler.
Dungeness - On the bird reserve Burrowes was packed out with the usual ducks, Cormorants, grebes and gulls. Of note were two Dunlins, two Goldeneyes, a 1st winter Caspian and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. The fields at Boulderwall were full of Wigeons, Golden Plovers and Lapwings, many of which were from ARC where conservation work was underway to install a fish reef. One of the Cattle Egrets put in a flight view over Tanner`s Pool, while Marsh Harrier and Buzzard were active nearby.