Lade - cold, cloudy, nw 4 - A miserable morning with rain throughout, but brighter later. On the local patch this afternoon the two Long-tailed Ducks were still present on south lake while at least one Dartford Warbler called from gorse scrub beside the track.
Its pretty much a case of as-you-were bird wise this week across the Dungeness foreland. Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe and three Smew are still on the bird reserve but mobile; the diver goes between Burrowes, ARC and New Diggings, while the grebe and Smews favour Christmas Dell.
Best bet for Bittern and Great White Egret are from Hanson hide on ARC and Dengemarsh hide.
Elsewhere, the two Tundra Bean Geese are still attached to the Greylag flock at Scotney while the 1st winter Glaucous Gull tends to spend the morning at the Patch and the afternoon on Burrowes. On a calm day Dartford Warblers can be encountered just about anywhere there is gorse scrub from Lade to the Kerton Road triangle, onto the Dungeness estate and Dengemarsh.
As far as I`m aware there have been no reports of the Bewick`s Swans this week on Walland Marsh or coming to roost on the bird reserve at dusk.