Lade - mild, cloudy, sw 4 - The past couple of days have been dominated by a keen wind from the south that delivered showery rain and mild temperatures across the region. Birdwise there has been little change with a scattering of Chiffchaffs, Stonechats and Firecrests around the peninsula and singing Skylarks and Meadow Pipits on the desert. On the beach Ringed Plovers are on the move with 32 counted yesterday.
Elsewhere, the immature Glaucous Gull can be seen anywhere between Lade bay and Dungeness, but mostly off the fishing boats. On the bird reserve the Red-necked Grebe and Water Pipits are still present on ARC and Hayfields respectively, while the five Long-tailed Ducks have remained faithful to the western lake outback at Scotney.
ps: In the garden at 2300hrs a steady eastward passage of Redwings could be heard migrating over the cottage, heading no doubt for the boreal forests across the North Sea.