Greatstone - News came through from OL concerning a mixed passerine flock he`d just found in stubble fields to the south of the sewage works complete with a couple of Lapland Buntings. We were soon on site and checking through around 50 odd Skylarks, Mipits and a couple of Reed Buntings. Eventually, a Lap Bunting broke cover, called and showed in flight before plunging back into cover. At least 100 Golden Plovers were also feeding amongst the stubble.
Lade Bay - We checked the bay for waders on a falling tide from two locations, seeking shelter best we could from the blasting wind, and eventually located eight species, and just as were leaving a 1st winter Little Gull flew along the beach heading south, the final bird of the Birdwatching Break.
As I said to our guests, Clare and Peter, this was without doubt the coldest bird tour I`ve done since starting Plovers almost 13 years ago. As Peter said, "we birded through the Beast from the East and survived"!