Weather, slight frost, starting good, sunny blue sky, afternoon turned cloudy at 16.00 hours.
M.S., Kevin and I arrived at Dungeness around 07.30 hours.
On the drive in we saw
Around the moat and the lighthouse area was 'birdless', I saw nothing except the resident house sparrows !
On the shoreline by the patch
Iceland Gull, 1
Common Tern, 1 (my first this year)
Then moving onto the RSPB Reserve, very quiet,
Cetti's Warbler, 6+, very vocal, heard only
Sedge Warbler, 2, heard only (another first this year)
I sat on the ramp for an hour in perfect sunshine and not a breeze and watched 3 Marsh Harriers
Next (it was very quiet!), was early breakfast at the 'Bikers Cafe) then back to the ARC Pits.
Little-ringed Plover, 1
Little Egret, 4
Long-tailed Duck, still always very distant
Spoonbill, 1, asleep, it did not even lift its head up in the hour
13.00 hours, still quiet, change of location was needed, we headed off to Oare Marshes
14.00 hours, arrived at Oare Marsh, it is still a nice sunny day.
On the East Scrape
Black-tailed Godwit, 100 +
I first took a walk out to the West Hide, nothing.
The clouds started to come in, exactly as forecast,
I spent a futher hour sitting by the reedbed hopeing to see a Bearded Tit, I briefly saw one, and heard them on two occasions.
Poor light and little to see brought an early close to the day.