Dungeness - 0900hrs - cool, sunshine/showers, se 2 - The day started with heavy rain, but once the front went over, the wind dropped affording good birding conditions. We searched along the foreshore by the boats for the Glaucous Gull but no joy, although Barney had the time of his life hunting rats amongst the old sea containers and fishing detritus. There was very little action on the sea apart from gulls, a few auks and a party of 25 Brents eastbound. Further around the point DG pointed out a couple of dead Razorbills on the tideline, while at the Patch there were few gulls but did include five Little Gulls. On the walk back the first Black Redstart of the year was noted on the power station wall along with a Pied Wagtail, and Spiderman was in action on the housing of A station.
Lade - Nothing new here although the Slavonian Grebe was being its usual difficult-to-see self on north pit.
Lydd - It was a case of negative news on the Bewick`s Swans at Caldecote Lane, and the Long-tailed Duck at Scotney pits. Just past Cockles Bridge the Glossy Ibis showed well in the muddy paddock looking longingly at an Emu and a pair of caged ducks...
Dengemarsh - The walk down from Boulderwall produced all the usual Marsh Harriers, a Great White Egret, Tree Sparrows on the feeders and hundreds of Lapwings, Wigeon and gulls on the fields, while a large swirling mass of Starlings provided quite a spectacle. From the ramp we had good views of several Bearded Tits, but no sign of the Penduline Tits, although apparently they had been seen earlier. Also noted Common Buzzard, Shelducks and 50 feral geese.
On the drive home the two Black-throated Divers remained on New Diggings.