Thursday 13 December 2012


Lade - 0800hrs - Cold, overcast, se 2 - Weather wise much quieter today staying just above freezing and a change in the wind direction to a south-easterly. Due to one thing and another didn't venture far from Plovers today. Checked the pits first thing where all the usual wildfowl, although in low numbers, but did include 3 Goldeneyes and a Goosander. Plenty of Marsh Harrier activity behind the `mirrors` and hundreds of Lapwings and Golden Plovers on the move over the fields.
On Greatstone beach a decent selection of shorebirds with 200 each of Sanderlings and Dunlins, 50 Barwits and 20 Grey Plovers the highlight. A Merlin nipped along the foreshore scattering a flock of Starlings feeding on the tideline.
Another look at the pits from the aerial mound, just before lights out delivered 35 Magpies and 3 Little Egrets coming to roost in the willows along with several hundred Woodpigeons.

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