Dungeness - 0900hrs - cold, cloudy, ne 3 - Remaining nippy with occasional sleet showers, although the wind had backed off a touch. Hundreds of auks and Cormorants coming and going around the point along with reduced numbers of divers, grebes, kitts and Gannets. A shoal of sprats just offshore attracted the attention of 50 Cormorants who were repeatedly harried by gulls looking for a free meal, including the Glaucous Gull that sat atop the tractor scanning the flock. Bird of the morning though went to my first Fulmar of the year.
ARC/New Diggings - With the Ruddy assassins on site the ducks were understandably nervous. However, a flock of 200 diving ducks included 8 `redhead` Smew on New Diggings. On ARC hundreds more diving ducks, plus 8 Goldeneyes and 2 Shelducks. Also noted 2 Marsh Harriers and a Little Egret.
Littlestone - 1330hrs - A quick pit stop for the Snow Bunting resulted in good views in the car park, but proved difficult to digi-scope due to the stiff wind. One bird kept cocking its tail, a habit I`ve not seen before in this species.
Lade - All the usual wildfowl on south pit, plus 3 Goldeneye and a Shelduck. On the walk back we flushed a couple of Song Thrushes off the storm beaches.