Scotney - warm, dry and sunny, light airs - A cracking warm, spring-like day, ideal for a walk out back behind the farm this morning. Two flocks of 20 and 40 Corn Buntings, one around the farm, the other by the game cover dung heap, were good to see, as were two Tree Sparrows in a reed-fringed ditch, a pair of Avocets on an island and a Green Sandpiper flying along Jury`s Gut Sewer. Also noted several singing Skylarks and Reed Buntings, Great White Egret, Stonechat, Egyptian Geese, Redshank, four Buzzards, two Kestrels and a Marsh Harrier. Apart from the Barnacle Goose and Wigeon flock the front fields were relatively quiet.
A stop off at Boulderwall on the way home yielded three Cattle Egrets in a horse paddock and a Great White Egret by Cook`s Pool along with the usual Lapwings, Wigeons, Curlews and feral geese. The drake Smew was still on site, mainly from Christmas Dell hide, though mobile at times.