Lade - 0600hrs - Cold! Crikey what`s going on, 8C on the garden thermometer and a stiff north-westerly making it decidedly chilly first off, although as the wind dropped throughout the day and the sun took hold, summer returned. Over the back a trickle of Yellow Wags overhead, plus a few grounded, along with a couple of Reed Buntings.
Dungeness - 1000hrs - A quick scan from the seawatch hide revealed 20 Common Scoters on the sea, plus 2 Arctic Skuas milling around and a steady flow of distant Gannets. Down at the Patch 50 Common Terns were joined by 3 Arctic Terns, plus singles of Black Tern, Little Gull and a cracking adult Roseate Tern, my first of the year having missed several so far this summer. A Peregrine was toying with the Feral Pigeons over the power station and a single Whimbrel went over calling.
A text told of the Wrynecks reappearance in a private garden on the Estate and unbelievably (for me) I had 3 brief views of it whilst chatting to DB. Now that`s what you call a quality couple of hours birding.
PS: The August Wader Challenge ended on a respectable 24 species for the month, all seen at Dungeness, but with nothing of particular rarity value.