Dungeness - 1000hrs - mild, cloudy, showery, sw 5 - A guided walk for RSPB this morning around the circular route was notable for close views of up eight Great White and six Little Egrets corralling fish in front of the visitor centre, along with Grey Herons and Cormorants. Also on Burrowes hundreds of Lapwing, Wigeon, Gadwall, Pochard and Shoveler, plus two Pintails, Dunlin, Little Stint and Common Sandpiper. Despite the blustery wind a large mixed passerine flock by Christmas Dell included several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. From Dengemarsh hide 40 Black-tailed Godwits, two Ruffs, two more Great White Egrets, several Marsh Harriers and hundreds more Lapwings and feral geese. Also noted along the way several Stonechats, Kestrel, Linnet and singing Cetti`s Warblers.
An hour at the fishing boats this afternoon was memorable for the hundreds of Gannets streaming down-Channel, plus a handful of Kittiwakes and several distant shearwaters (probably Manx). Closer to shore were a trickle of Sandwich and one Common Tern with cracking views of at least six Arctic Skuas, in all their many plumages, creating the usual havoc.