Although often heard and seen flying overhead to and from next door's paddock, I don't often see Green Woodpeckers actually in my garden.
This one, an adult male, stayed and fed on the front lawn just long enough for a couple of quick pics through the window.
On Thursday Marianne and I visited Oare Marshes and Reculver. At Oare we soon located the immature Long-billed Dowitcher in the corner of the east flood. The weather was very overcast and the bird fed constantly, this was really the only picture I managed with its head above the surface of the water. Still, nice to see and a life tick for both of us.
At Reculver, the Lapland Bunting and the pair of Shore Larks managed to evade us, despite our best efforts. But the occasional Stonechat and lots of Brent Geese provided some interest in a cold, strong, northerly wind.
On friday I visited New Hythe lakes where Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Snipe, Buzzard, Redshank and Little Egret were all seen. While scanning the reedbed opposite bucket wood I found a Stonechat, this is my first at New Hythe for seven years and was my 106th species there this year.
And finally. Still at bucket wood, this handsome Fox strolled nonchalantly along the river, up to its ankles in mud, looking for its next meal. It didn't see us until.........