Greatstone - warm, dry and sunny, light airs - A circular midday walk in unseasonably mild weather conditions along the beach from Littlestone to Greatstone and around Lade north to Romney Salts proved to be good on exercise but low on birds. On the incoming tide 610 Oystercatchers were counted along with 210 Great Black-backed Gulls but very little else apart from three Ringed Plovers, a species that has been in short supply this winter. On Lade north a single Mediterranean Gull was amongst the roosting Black-headed and Common Gulls while Chiffchaff and Cetti`s Warbler called from cover by the causeway. On Romney Salts, from the school viewpoint, 280 Curlews part roosted/fed on a stubble field along with a few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, plus a host of corvids, gulls and Woodpigeons. Two Buzzards and a Kestrel also noted.
Curlews on Romney Salts