Dungeness - cool, cloudy, sw 3, rain later - 0715 - An hour in the seawatch hide produced a trickle of Common and Sandwich Terns, scoters, Gannets and auks on the move plus, 2 Mergansers, 2 Fulmars, 4 Brents, 4 Gadwall, 2 Bonxies and 6 Arctic Skuas. However, views were not great with most birds being half way to France. It was quiet on the land with only a couple of Chiffchaffs in the lighthouse garden, although a few more warblers were reported from the Trapping Area.
On the RSPB reserve this week summer plum Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes have been showing well on New Diggings and Burrowes respectively, while on Dengemarsh Marsh Harriers are nest building, a Bittern is `booming` and Bearded Tits and Cetti`s Warbler have been showing well from the viewing ramp. Winter left overs on Dengemarsh also include a few Wigeon, a Great White Egret (also noted at Lade) and a Bean Goose, plus a Goldeneye on ARC. Around the circular walk (the return trail has at last been reopened) Linnets, Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats are back in force, plus a few Lesser Whites and the first Reed Warblers at Hooker`s. Look for Wheatears on the shingle just before the car park, Whimbrel in the fields along the access road and Tree Sparrows at Boulderwall. Swallows are coming in daily and Common Terns are starting be appear on the pits, while the cat-like call of Mediterranean Gulls can be regularly heard overhead.