Thursday 6 December 2012


Lade - 0730hrs - Cold, sunny, n 1 - A frosty morning with frozen shingle underfoot making for hazardous walking across the storm beaches where a couple of Song Thrushes and Blackbirds flushed from cover. The pits were full of common wildfowl, plus 3 Goldeneyes, a Shelduck and the Long-tailed Duck on north pit. The water around the willows was iced over but there was plenty of Water Rail and Cetti`s Warbler activity and a single Kingfisher flashed over. A small flock of tits contained 4 Goldcrests and Chiffchaff and both species of woodpecker were noted. The oddest sight of all this morning was that of 4 Sparrowhawks chasing one another over the `mirror`s. The usual Marsh Harriers and Kestrel were hunting the farmland.
Crossing the causeway road this afternoon 2 Great White Egrets were noted on New Diggings and at least 10 Waxwings remained in the vicinity of Johnson`s Corner, Hamstreet.

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