Hythe - 0920hrs - mildish, gale force south-westerly with heavy showers - Despite the appalling weather headed for Hythe with MH to have a second go at the Waitrose Diver. En-route had good views of 3 Purple Sandpipers on the sea defences at the Imperial, plus 4 Turnstones and a Rock Pipit. The diver proved a little more tricky but eventually we located it on the canal beside the golf course with a Cormorant. At one stage it flew off towards Waitrose but decided the wind was a bit too much so it plonked back down on the canal. Shortly after it caught what looked like a sizable roach or rudd. A few Redwings noted plus a 2nd winter Med Gull and Kittiwake on the sea.
Called in at Nickoll`s Quarry on the way back but there was no sign of the Rough-legged Buzzard - not surprising really considering the strong wind and rain. More Redwings and Goldfinches here, plus a singing Song Thrush.
On the bird reserve the Penduline Tit was again seen from Hanson hide this morning.