Tues/Wed - mild, dull, light airs - I`ve spent a fair bit of time these past two days criss-crossing the Marsh farmland in search of Bewick`s Swans for the International Survey. The Romney Marsh section was pretty much devoid of birds with only a couple of small herds of Mute Swans and not a winter thrush anywhere. Crossing the Rhee Wall at Old Romney the highlight was a flock of 80 Fieldfares, plus a few Blackbirds, Kestrels and Buzzards along the lanes around Midley, while another Mute flock from Hook`s Wall also included 25 Egyptian Geese. The long walk outback at Scotney resulted in distant views of 18 Bewick`s Swans (six of which were juvs) feeding with Mutes in an oil-seed rape field; although I could find no sign of any Whoopers that were reported here earlier in the week. Other birds of note were a flock of 21 Corn Buntings, two Marsh Harriers and a Great White Egret. Once again the front fields and lakes at Scotney were teeming with similar numbers of wetland species as noted last Sunday.
Bewick`s Swans, Walland Marsh, 2015