Dungeness - warm, dry and sunny, NE 5 - A stiff breeze blowing across the Marsh prevented any chance of passerines at Lade first thing, while even the wildfowl were sheltering in the willow swamp bay. From Springfield Bridge the Pectoral Sandpiper from Monday was viewable alongside two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, several Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Redshank, Snipe, Green and Common Sandpipers, plus the usual array of egrets, ibis, ducks and geese, and 20 Yellow Wagtails on the roadside fields. A Dotterel reported calling over Galloways this morning by MC was still present mid-morning vocalising over the sheep fold under the pylons by Brickwall Farm. I only heard it (a high-pitched `tuwee`) but a group of birders also saw it flying around just before I arrived; despite a thorough search of the stony field it could not be relocated on the deck.
The only bird of note around NR these past few days has been an Osprey that flew over the town late on Monday afternoon while we were in the Cinque Port Arms garden. It drifted off south being pursued by the local HGs and was probably the same bird found fishing over ARC the following morning.