Lade - cold and sunny, nw 4 - The first day of winter, so`s to speak, and it felt like it with a brisk wind out of the north for much of the morning, but in bright sunshine. Things have been pretty pedestrian on the local patch these past few days although a steady trickle of inbound Redwings around dawn hinted at the changing season. An hour later a skein of 30 odd high-flying grey geese off the sea were probably White-fronted in line with an unprecedented arrival of this species across coastal Kent recently; heralds of an impending cold snap no doubt. Late morning from Cockles Bridge at least 40 White-fronted Geese were busily feeding in the fields towards Lydd along with three Bewick`s Swans amongst the Mutes, that were easier to see from Robin Hood Lane. A dusk visit out back at Lade desert delivered five Marsh and one ringtail Hen Harrier heading to roost, plus hundreds of corvids, mostly Jackdaws.