Dengemarsh - overcast, showers, W 5 - In a moment of madness and for a change of scene we walked the gully this morning in blustery weather conditions with rain at times. Needless to say it was a case of slim pickings with the only passerines being a few Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings, Linnets, Chaffinches, two Stonechats and a Firecrest. However, the stony field by Hayfield 3 attracted a flock of 30 Lapwings along with two Redshanks, a Golden Plover and 12 Ruff, one a cracking white-fronted male. Also on the hayfields and flood several Shelducks, Shovelers and Teal.
From the bridge 50 Wigeon, two Egyptian Geese, a Goldeneye, two Marsh Harriers and a Great White Egret.
On the way back to the reserve the 4 Cattle Egrets were in the field next to the allotments and the pair of Whoopers Swans amongst the Mutes from Cockles Bridge. The first Little Ringed Plover of spring was on Burrowes from Makepeace hide (MC).