Lade - cold, dry, sunny, nw 4 - A nippy day to end the week with a cold wind blowing across the flatlands. No change on the local patch with the wintering Long-tailed Duck remaining on south lake among good numbers ducks and grebes.
Dungeness - At the Patch the 1st winter Glaucous Gull was roosting on the beach among a pack of 500 gulls, while a Peregrine sat asleep high up on B station. The usual auks, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Red-throated Divers rounded the point in small numbers.
On the RSPB reserve both Slavonian Grebe and Black-throated Diver were on ARC to start with before the diver moved back to Burrowes. Also mobile on Burrowes and Christmas Dell were three Smew, including a drake. The Bewick`s Swan flock have also been mobile this week, being seen just about anywhere on Walland Marsh from Caldecote Lane to Brookland. The Greylag flock on the double bends at Scotney is the best bet for the two Tundra Geese, while the Glaucous Gull has been regularly seen coming to roost on Burrowes from Makepeace hide. Dartford Warblers have also been seen at Lade and around the old lighthouse at Dungeness this week on the few fine, still days.