Dungeness - 0700hrs - cold, bright, e 2 - Started off ok weather wise but went steadily downhill throughout the day, clouding over with an increase in the wind strength; birding conditions will not be for the faint of heart down here, as according to the forecast the dreaded easterly will be blasting away for the next week at least. Anyhow, joined a surprisingly packed seawatch hide for half an hour during which time a steady up-Channel movement of Gannets, auks and Common Scoters was underway, plus 4 Little Gulls, a few Sandwich Terns, Kittiwakes, divers and Wigeon and a party of 70 Brents.
A scout round the land delivered brief views of a Grey Wagtail (scarce birds here, especially on the deck) on the power station wall before it dived back into the sewage works compound. A few Mipits, Linnets and Goldfinches completed the passerine fest. On the way out jammed in on the 3rd winter Glaucous Gull by the fishing boats whilst looking for migrants.
Lade - Pretty quiet on both lakes with just a drake Goldeneye of note and singing Chiffchaff in the willow swamp. Two Marsh Harriers hunting behind the `mirrors`.
Scotney - A few more birds here today than of late including a flock of 500 Golden Plovers, some coming into summer plum; also 3 Redshanks, 2 Ringed Plovers, Lapwings and Wigeon.
Galloways - The only noteworthy bird here was a single corn Bunting feeding by a sheep food trough.
Dengemarsh - Checked the flood and hayfields in the vain hope of an early Garganey or LRP... Plenty of ducks and waders though with Lapwings, Teal and Wigeon making up the bulk, plus 12 Ringed Plovers, 10 Dunlins, 6 Redshanks, 6 Shelducks, 4 Pintail and 2 Ruff. On the lake the usual diving ducks, grebes, feral geese and several Marsh Harriers active over Hookers.