A cold drizzly half hour (09.00-09.30) at the point this morning produced only:
Mallard: 2 up
Red-throated Diver: 3 down
Gannet: 27 up 14 down
Kittiwake: 2 up
From the causeway 4 Goosander 1 drake and 4 Great White Egrets on the New Diggings, a Black-necked Grebe and another Great White Egret at the south end of the ARC.
The 2 Cattle Egrets were still insitu by the cattle shed in Dengemarsh Road.
Common Buzzard Caldecott Lane
I spent several hours wandering around the lanes on Walland Marsh today. The Bewick Swans were still in Caldecott Lane although quite distant. A Midley drying barns a flock of c40 Tree Sparrows, c30 Chaffinches a few each of Corn Bunting, Yellow Hammer, Reed Bunting and best of all a single Grey Wagtail which are scarce on the ground round here. Heading from Midley up to Brookland the hedges were alive with Thrushes. Redwing have finally arrived on the marsh, 100s of them and Fieldfare exploded from the hedges as walked the green lanes, along slightly fewer Blackbirds and Song Thrushes, with at least 20 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, more Chaffinch and Goldfinch flocks.
This evening a small herd of Bewick Swans flew over Plodland, presumably to the lakes to roost.