New Romney - mild, sunny, light airs - A walk out north of the town this morning along Hope Lane in warm sunshine produced a few birds for a change, most notably six Yellowhammers, four Moorhens, two singing Song Thrushes, two Common Buzzards, a Little Egret and a Green Woodpecker. Fifteen Pheasants and several rabbits attracted the attention of a fine dog fox.
Walland Marsh - An afternoon outing with CP for the monthly harrier roost count commenced with a tour of the lanes with a flock of 35 Bewick`s Swans in flooded fields at Dennes Lane and another five at Midley along with five Whooper Swans amongst 30 Mutes. At the drying barns a few passerines included eight Yellowhammers and three Tree Sparrows, but once again hardly any small birds noted. As dusk approached it was busy around the roost site with four each of Common Buzzard and Kestrel, plus 25 Marsh Harriers eventually dropping into the reedbed along with a fine adult male Hen Harrier. Water Rails, Snipe and Cetti`s Warbler also present and six roosting Great White Egrets.