Dungeness - mild and murky, light airs - A check of Lade pits first thing delivered little of note apart from both Little and Great Crested Grebes going about their nuptials. Duck numbers have started to disperse in line with the lengthening daylight hours. Moving on to Dungeness where a walk along the beach from the lifeboat station to the concrete road (hoping for an early Wheatear) produced at least 10 Skylarks, several of which were in song, two Meadow Pipits, a pair of Stock Doves, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail and Stonechat. In the old lighthouse garden a Firecrest called and showed briefly along with a Chiffchaff, a couple of Chaffinches and a Siskin over calling.
Crossing the causeway road and the redhead Smew remained on ARC, plus a Great White Egret. The Boulderwall fields were largely deserted apart from a pack of 50 Wigeon. Highlights on Burrowes included six Goldeneyes, three Black-tailed Godwits, a Dunlin, my first singing Chiffchaff of the year and a male Marsh Harrier over. At Cockles Bridge the long-staying four Cattle Egrets were roosting along the adjacent sewer.