Lade - 0900hrs - mild, sunny, sw 2 - After a lively night of strong winds and heavy rain this morning broke calm and bright. The trudge across the shingle to south pit was considerably enlivened by Barney flushing a Jack Snipe from a storm beach ridge; as is their want it silently flew a short distance before diving back into cover not to be seen again. This is our second record of the year at Lade. All the usual wintering ducks on south pit and two Marsh Harriers on the hunt.
RSPB - 1200hrs - From Hanson a Great White Egret, 5 Goldeneye and hundreds of common diving duck and Wigeon, while from Willow Trail 2 Chiffchaffs and a small flock of Long-tailed Tits. Large numbers of Lapwings kept swirling overhead with loads more on the fields at Boulderwall along with feral geese, Starlings, Stock Doves, Curlew and Wigeon, plus a Common Buzzard and several Marsh Harriers.
The usual suspects were loafing around the VC hoping for an Ivory Gull to fly by... but unfortunately, no joy. All we could muster was another Great White, 3 Smew and a Black-necked Grebe. On the way home 2 Great Whites were at the south end of ARC along with a couple of hundred Teal and Gadwall.
The wintering Glossy Ibis was reported from ARC this morning.