Lade Bay - warm, dry and cloudy, SW 2 - Checked the bay from Greatstone this morning on a falling tide where the sand and mud was smothered in seabirds, mostly large gulls, but also 200 Sandwich Terns and about 20 Common Terns. Eight species of waders were noted: 150 Ringed Plover, 800 Oystercatcher, 380 Curlew, 50 Dunlin, 20 Knot and a few Redshank, Sanderlings and Bar-tailed Godwit. Most surprising of all though was a wayward Tufted Duck that flew along the tideline before landing on the sea amongst the Black-backs!
This evening, together with CP, we joined several other locals in Hanson hide where close views were enjoyed of a Wood and Green Sandpiper, five Snipe, two Ruff, 18 Black-tailed Godwits and a juvenile Water Rail. Also noted across the lake, five Common Sandpipers, a Redshank, six Glossy Ibis, two Great White Egrets, two Garganeys, a Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard, plus all the usual common wildfowl and gulls.