Lade - cool, misty, NE 2, sunny later - It was quite nippy first thing with the mist rolling in off the sea, but warmed up around midday as the sun took charge. Incredibly the two Long-tailed Ducks were still on south lake along with three Goldeneye, 20 Shoveler and 10 Teal. Summer visitors were represented by singing Sedge and Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.
Dungeness - Had brief views of a very elusive treecreeper in the lighthouse garden found by MH this morning, but being as its Dungeness and the time of year further investigation this afternoon revealed it to be almost certainly of the Short-toed variety based on call and some excellent photographs. For further details later on refer to the DBO website and www.ploddingbirder.blogspot.co.uk
Having not seen a Great White Egret for a while one was at the south end of ARC and another on Cook`s Pool, plus a Wheatear by the bee hives from the access road. A guided walk around the circular route delivered a decent return on summer migrants for the guests including Sedge and Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Swallows, Yellow Wagtail and our first Cuckoo of spring near Hooker`s. Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Raven and Slavonian Grebe were seen at Dengemarsh, an Avocet on Burrowes, plus plenty of Linnets and Reed Buntings, a Dabchick, two Goldeneyes, three Snipe, Egyptian Goose, Redshank, Lapwing, Shelduck, Green Woodpecker and Cetti`s Warbler.
Also of note today was the relocation of what was presumably the Brookland Hoopoe at Burmarsh and two Hawfinches in Littlestone (OL).