Sunday, 25 February 2018

Flotsam and jetsom

Lade - cold, sunny, E6 - We didn't stray too far this weekend, just walked the local patch and along the foreshore up to Greatstone where the wind chill on the beach was so severe that any exposed skin, such as cheeks, actually stung after a while. Barney, however, is made of sterner stuff and trotted along as if it were a summers day.
  Six species of waders were noted on the falling tide and a `white` Glaucous Gull flew along the seashore heading towards Dungeness.

                                Beach flotsam, Lade bay

  Due to the wind strength and direction the foreshore was littered with all manner of flotsam and jetsom from natural cockles, razor shells and cuttlefish to bladder wrack, tree trunks and two porpoise corpses (probably drowned from become entangled in nets). Man-made litter was rife, mostly detritous from the fishing industry, which must be one of the most destructive and wasteful, with fish boxes, netting, dunnage and the like everywhere, plus plastic bags, bottles and all manner of containers. What a mess we`re making of this planet.
  On the lakes the Long-tailed Ducks were still present, plus two Goosanders briefly on north lake and several Goldeneyes amongst the commoner wildfowl. Surprisingly, a few passerines were logged including a couple of smart Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Cetti`s Warbler and at least one Dartford Warbler. 

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