Sunday 23 December 2012


Littlestone - 1000hrs - Mild, cloudy, sw 2 - Wandered along the coastal path to St Mary`s Bay and back across the golf links in spring-like temperatures that reached 13C. Best bird was a `brown` Merlin chasing what must`ve been the only Mipit on site! Merlins are regularly seen hereabouts throughout the winter period when they can be encountered just about anywhere from the beaches to around towns and villages. Also noted on the links, Kestrel, Mistle Thrush and Green Woodpecker while a scattering of Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings and Turnstones along the foreshore.
Lade - 1500hrs - Plenty of activity around the willows just before lights out with at least 20 each of Song Thrushes and Blackbirds coming to roost, plus 3 Little Egrets, 23 Magpies and a couple of hundred Woodpigeons and Starlings. Duck numbers on south pit were high due an influx of 200 Wigeons and Teals. At least 4 Marsh Harriers drifted over behind the `mirrors` heading for reedbeds on the bird reserve.

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