weather is still too nice for birds but the tan is underway. nothing on brading marsh but the now depleted brent flock in bembridge harbour is still holding onto the pale-bellied. 4 grass snakes at one site was good, had only seen 3 previously on the iow, they're much more timid than adders tho, no venom=no balls i guess. now i've got my eye in maybe snakes aren't as rare as i thought on the isle. visited the adder site again in the morning and finally saw a striking male and among the females was a gorgeous little ginger.