Dungeness - mild, sunny, se 2 - With a light south-easterly airflow there was only one place to start the day - with a seawatch by the hide where plenty of close Gannets and Sandwich Terns were noted, plus a few passing Brents, Common Scoters and Arctic Skuas. On the land a scattering of Chiffchaffs, Reed Buntings, Mipits, Stonechats and Goldfinches were present along with several Grey Wagtails overhead and a Firecrest in the lighthouse garden. A Pied Flycatcher caught in the trapping area was only the second of the autumn, as was a Red-backed Shrike found by DB (who else!) near South View cottage.
Lade - On the local patch a Firecrest in the back garden and the regular Osprey over heading towards Kerton Road were the highlights. On south lake, five Common Terns, a Ruff and Common Sandpiper, plus a scattering of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests in the willow swamp.
A midday visit to the beach by the Varne boat club at Littlestone revealed large numbers of waders feeding in the muddy pools, particularly Ringed Plovers which numbered at least 120.