Lade - mild, cloudy, sw 5 - An overcast morning with occasional drizzle, a low scudding cloud base and the wind picking up to near gale force through the day. Needless to say it was hard work flogging around the local patch where the highlight was the first Goldeneye of autumn, a red head, that flew in from the south, landed for about five minutes before promptly flying back towards ARC. A Merlin chasing Linnets over the Desert was the only other noteworthy.
A midday trip down to Littlestone golf course (with optics this time!) delivered decent views of yesterdays Shore Lark and the Red-backed Shrike that has now been present for a fortnight. The strong buffeting winds made for difficult viewing but didn`t appear to bother the ground-hugger and the insect-snatcher respectively. On the green at Littlestone an adult Brent Goose had joined the two juveniles to crop the grass, oblivious to nearby dogs and people.
Brent Geese, Littlestone Green