Lade - warm, dry and sunny, w 3 - After a few days away on a family camping holiday to Pevensey it felt good to be back out and about around the local patch with Barney in tow. There was a typical early autumn feel to the birding scene with hundreds of Sand Martins swarming over south lake along with a few Swallows, House Martins and two late Swifts. Two juvenile Marsh Harriers and a Buzzard kept the wildfowl on their toes and at least 200 Curlews flew to roost on the incoming tide from the bay. Great Crested Grebes numbers continue to increase with a count of 125 across all waters. Migrant passerines of note included several Willow Warblers and Common Whitethroats around the ponds, Yellow Wagtails over and two Wheatears and a Whinchat on the Desert.
An evening visit to the beach produced the usual waders and terns, plus an Arctic Skua harrying Sandwich Terns on the distant tideline.
ARC - Late morning from Hanson hide delivered 180 Lapwings, 160 Golden Plovers, three Ruffs, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Snipe and Knot, plus a juv Cattle Egret, Garganey, Great White Egret and several White Wagtails. From the entrance to the boardwalk a few Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher.