Although today was again cloud-free with a light NE breeze it was much quieter, with a Black redstart and one Lapland Bunting the highlights.
Not a cloud in the sky, a few patches of frost and a light NNW breeze brought the first signs of spring movement, mainly in the form of Chaffinches, 57 of which flew NW. Otherwise, at least one Lapland Buntings remains, 2 Woodcock were at the top of the valley and as it began to warm around 10 at least 12 Buzzards were up and about and another Red Kite flew N well inland.
Recent visits by those fortunate enough to live locally have confirmed the continuing presence of 4 Lapland Buntings, while 4 Stonechats, 200 Linnets and 39 Corn Buntings were also recorded in the last few days, as was a Short-eared Owl that flew up the valley this morning.
With snow only just starting to think about thinning, at least 25 Woodcocks were discovered this morning and an Iceland Gull was seen following a ferry towards Dover Harbour, while a Lapland Bunting remained on the fields.
Apparently, the Lapland Buntings were still on the fields ahead of snow that arrived on the 8th, prompting an influx of Woodcocks, one of which was photographed in a garden above the bay. 9 Tree Sparrows and 440 Skylarks were this morning’s highlights.
A covering of snow this morning, which produced 8 Woodcock, 4 Grey Plovers, 121 Lapwings, a hundred of which flew in off the sea, 5 Teal and a spectacular 339 Skylarks.
The effects of the cold snap were demonstrated by the appearance of 3 Woodcock, 28 Golden Plovers, 3 Lapwings, a Snipe and an outstanding count by recent standards of 100 Yellowhammers.
A Lapland Bunting and 7 Tree Sparrows remained on the farm and 1,404 Cormorants were arranged on the wall of Dover harbour.
In pretty misty conditions, though with only a light NW breeze, 4 Lapland Buntings were on the farm, along with 300 Linnets, 20 Corn Buntings, 6 Tree Sparrows and a Firecrest.