Dungeness RSPB - 1330hrs - Rain clearing, cold sunny, sw 3 - Picked up Ray and Stuart from Ashford who are down for a three day Birdwatching Break. The conditions on the road were difficult to say the least with a buffeting wind and lashing rain, but once the front moved through the wind dropped, the sun broke through and out came the birds.
The two Black-throated Divers were in the far corner of New Diggings while we had good views of a Peregrine over the causeway road. From Hanson hide a Bittern flew across the lake and at least four different Marsh Harriers came and went. On the water hundreds of common wildfowl, plus eight Goldeneye, three Smew, Goosander and Red-crested Pochard. Great White and Little Egrets were also noted along with Green Woodpecker, Cetti`s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Kestrel and a pair of Oystercatchers displaying over Tower Pits.
Over the road at Boulderwall Tree and House Sparrows on the feeders, plus Chaffinch and Reed Bunting in nearby bushes. Out on the fields the usual Lapwings, feral geese and another Great White Egret.
On Burrowes five Goldeneye, three more Smew, Goosander, several Marsh Harriers and loads of corvids coming to roost at the Oppen pits. From Firth hide two Chiffchaffs, and at 1653hrs the Glossy Ibis flew in to roost from the direction of Lydd-on-Sea; maybe its feeding somewhere along the coast, perhaps the horse paddocks at Greatstone where it was noted in December.