Dungeness - warm, dry and sunny - Had a walk around the Trapping Area and Long Pits with CP this morning in warm, winter sunshine.Very little was noted apart from a few common tits and finches, Green Woodpecker and a Goldcrest, plus Ringed Plover, Greenfinch, Mipit and a singing Skylark overhead. The sea was much better though with a short watch from the fishing boats producing hundreds of Guillemots, Great Crested Grebes and Cormorants, plus Kittiwakes, Red-throated Divers, Gannets and singles of Mediterranean Gull and Common Scoter.
News from the bird reserve today included the drake Smew and four Cattle Egrets still present, the Whooper Swans on the Cockles Bridge fields and the Bewick`s Swans at Horses Bones Farm, Lydd.
Lade - Spent some time along the foreshore this afternoon between Greatstone and the Pilot in glorious weather conditions. All ten species of waders were logged as well as several Mediterranean Gulls amongst 2,000 Common Gulls. Squid eggs were everywhere, while a dead fish about a metre long appeared to be a Pike; as confirmed by two local fisherman and several replies to pics posted on Twitter (thanks for your input to all concerned). As to why a freshwater fish was washed up on the foreshore is anyone guess; perhaps it was dumped there after having been caught in the local gravel pit, or maybe it isn't a Pike? If anyone has any offers please get in touch.