Lade - mild, cloudy, n1 - Whimbrel and Greenshank calling overhead as I cleared the moth trap of `not-very-much-really`, apart from a Silky Wainscot which was new for the season. Willow Warbler in the garden again, with a few more over the pits. Whilst scanning south lake a call came through...
DBO - 1000hrs - At last a Wood Warbler (my first at Dungeness) was trapped at the Obs. This cracking phyllosc (a fresh, juvenile bird) drew a small group of local admirers before it was released on its way. A true stunner - the piccies say it all really. An hour later a Nightingale was also trapped.
ARC - 1500hrs Bit of a clear out here with hardly any waders apart from several hundred Lapwings, and Oystercatchers, a few Goldies, Dunlins, LRPs and a single Whimbrel. A Peregrine put in a show and two smart adult Little Gulls flew in and settled on the shingle ridges alongside an Arctic and 3 Common Terns.
The `near resident` Glaucous Gull and GWEgret were reported from their respective haunts of the fishing boats and Dengemarsh.
Hemsted Forest - 1900hrs Ventured off piste this evening, along with a couple of Marsh veterans in tow, to search for Goatsuckers. Before sunset noted Green and Greater peckers, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (making an odd alarm call), Bullfinch, Linnet, Redpoll and a decent number of Yammers in plantations. No sign of Tripit; despite trying hard to turn every perched bird into one! As night fell Tawny Owls called and we had one view of a Nightjar hawking overhead; distant `churring` also heard.