Dungeness - mild and overcast, drizzle, sw 2 - A grim morning of weather with low cloud, mist and mizzle throughout; far from ideal conditions then for a guided walk around the circular route of the bird reserve for the three guests. Duck numbers were predictably low on Burrowes where three Goldeneyes were amongst the usual Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall and Pochard, plus a flock of 12 Black-tailed Godwits, but no sign of the drake Smew at Hookers or Tanners. Two female Marsh Harriers were the only raptors on the wing.
However, there was a decent numbers of birds on the car park feeders including Great Spotted Woodpecker and Reed Bunting, while Tree Sparrow was again absent; infact I`ve not seen one so far this year on the reserve. On the Boulderwall fields a large flock of Golden Plovers, Lapwings, Curlews, Starlings and Wigeon still present. The highlight of the walk was superb views of a Firecrest from Firth hide along with Long-tailed Tits, Cetti`s Warbler and Chiffchaff.
Roll on the spring!