Dungeness - 0600hrs - mild, sunny, ESE 2 - An hour in the seawatch hide first thing delivered very little apart from a trickle of Gannets, Red-throated Divers, Kittiwakes and a Fulmar up-Channel. The Patch was also quiet. However, on the walk back to the old lighthouse I was surprised by a Woodcock that flew overhead like a rocket from the direction of the power station and headed inland. On the beach opposite Jarman`s a fall of at least five Wheatears were my first for the year, and as always a great thrill; one male was already singing to a nearby female! Scanning around in the morning calm produced a scattering of Skylarks, Pied Wagtails, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, a pair of Ringed Plover, Stock Dove, Black Redstart and a Sparrowhawk over.
From the Lydd Road lay-bye a Spoonbill was just about visible on Boulderwall Fields, while further down the road four Cattle Egrets were in the sewer beside Cockles Bridge. An afternoon scan of the bay from Littlestone Green revealed six Redshanks and a Little Egret on the close mud, plus the usual hundreds of Curlews and Oystercatchers scattered along the sands towards Lade. There was no sign of any Sandwich Terns.