Lade - cold and grey - Winter seems to have crept in over the past few days with Goldeneyes on both lakes, Water Rails wailing from the willow swamp and a flyover Bittern in front of the wall `mirror`. A skulking Dartford Warbler showed briefly in the footpath gorse and a couple of Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff had attached themselves to a tit flock by the ponds.
Dungeness - Eventually tracked down the two Bewick`s Swans amongst a flock of Mutes in the oil-seed rape field near Cockles Bridge; up to five have been roosting this week on ARC. From Hanson hide five Goldeneyes, six Pintails, four Shelducks and 250 Shovelers amongst the usual suspects. A cracking adult female Marsh Harrier flew over flushing everything, while a Water Rail fed in front of the hide. Also noted Great and Little Egrets, Snipe and Goldcrest.