Dry, cloudy, cold, light airs - Today`s Ted walk took us along the rough grass in front of the golf links and back along the sea wall to St Mary`s Bay where, as it was high tide, a count of 135 Turnstones and 56 Sanderlings was noteworthy, plus several Stonechats, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits on the grasslands. The bay was flat calm with only a few close Great Crested Grebes present and distant passing Gannets and Red-throated Divers.
On Friday, in windy weather conditions, we had a decent count of 650 Teal and 180 Shoveler at Lade pits. Elsewhere over the weekend we`ve been trudging across the local New Romney farmland with Ted where there has been a noticeable increase in Redwings, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds along Hope Lane and on the Salts. Two Kingfishers and a Barn Owl sighting were the undoubted highlights, while Cetti`s Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff were all located on call. Yesterday morning was cold and frosty, but once the sun reached its zenith one or two Red Admirals were on the wing in the garden. En-route to Hythe on Saturday evening a Barn Owl flew over the coast road at Dymchurch.