Lade - warm, dry and sunny, nw 2 - After the deluge of yesterday when 28mm of rainfall fell at Littlestone (OL), this morning dawned far more spring-like and mercifully dry. We checked the desert just in case an early Wheatear had dropped in, but instead found five Stonechats and a couple of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits in song. Around the willow swamp at least two Chiffchaffs were also in song, plus five Goldeneyes on the water and a Great White Egret in the main reedbed.
Down at Dungeness, between the fishing boats and lifeboat station, a few more larks and pipits were singing over the foreshore, while the 2nd year Glaucous Gull put in a brief appearance on the sea. Offshore five Red-throated Divers moved up-Channel.
The bird reserve was also quiet with no sign of the Red-necked Grebe on ARC, although it could easily be lurking in a reedbed somewhere. Boulderwall fields held the usual wildfowl, egrets, corvids and Marsh Harriers, plus two Shelducks and several Curlews. From the visitor centre a flock of 10 Ruffs did a fly past, eventually settling on what remains of an island in front of Makepeace hide, and several Water Pipits were reported from the hayfields.
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