Faggs Wood - 1300hrs - Grey, misty, drizzle, 3C - First Birdwatching Break of the year with Stuart and Raymond down from London for three days. After pick up from Ashford Station called in at Faggs Wood where we had a good range of woodland birds around the car park, including Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Mistle and Song Thrushes, Redwings and a Goldcrest.
Warehorne 1330hrs - The feeders by the church were packed with Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Blue and Great Tits and several Tree Sparrows. From the bridge had stunning views of a perched male Sparrowhawk, plus several Fieldfares and Lapwings.
Dungeness - 1430hrs - An hour from the fishing boats produced a trickle of auks (one Razorbill), Red-throated Divers, Gannets, Kittiwakes and Cormorants.
New Diggings - 1545hrs - What with ARC still frozen over, a bit of a sawbill fest here with 13 Goosanders and 11 Smews, plus Pochards, Tufteds and 5 Goldeneyes, Great White Egret and 3 Marsh Harriers. On ARC from the road 200 Gadwalls and Shovelers. At Cockle Bridge, single Stonechat.
Walland Marsh - 1600hrs - Finished the afternoon checking out the fields on Walland where 63ish Bewick`s Swans at Midley, Tree Sparrows on the usual feeders and single Buzzard, 5 Marsh Harriers and a Teal nearby. Several more Mistle and Song Thrushes noted along the verges.
Not a bad start, considering the horrible conditions.