M.S., Kevin and I arrived on the Isle of Sheppey about 08.00 hours.
First stop was to look at the sailing lake in Sheerness,
Mediterranean Gull, 1 adult
Common Gull, 1
Little Grebe, 4
little else of interest, we moved to the Harty Ferry Road, from the viewing mound we saw
Red-legged Partridge, 15+,
Marsh Harrier, several
Green Sandpiper, 1 flew over calling.
a Bearded Tit was heard 'pinging' from the reed bed, (not seen)
Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch in the hedgerows.
Green Woodpecker, 1
At the Harty Ferry, we walked down to the causeway,
Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, a few Bar-tailed Godwits in with Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank and Curlew.
A lot of Shellduck on the mud,
A Marsh Harrier crossed the Swale towards Oare.
Next stop was at Leysdown , the light was now very poor, tried to take a few photos of the Gulls !
We then continued towards Shellness, stopping at Muswell Manor, a walk out on the 'bund' to look for Lapland Bunting, Kevin was first to hear them, M.S. and Kevin saw them, this was another distance sighting of a very small bird that in the short grass, it was imposable for me to see !
I did see
Skylark, 10 +
Golden Plover, 500 +
Then on the return walk to Muswell Manor, the 'bird of the day'
Ring-tailed Hen Harrier,
A good view was had as it flew by, setting down in a grass field for 5 mins, then flew off to land again close but out of our sight.
The day finished with a walk out to Shellness, nearly high tide, and rapidly failing light
Grey Plover, c100
Dunlin, Turnstone, Redshank, a raft of Mallard, many Shellduck, Brent Geese in small nos
Poor light and threatening rain brought an early finish to the day.