Cold, showery, SE 4 - Another poor day of weather and not ideal for incoming migrants to fuel up and continue their northward journeys. I started off at Lade where a Cuckoo singing from the far side of north lake was my first of the year and one of my earliest records here. From the causeway a Reed Warbler chugged away in the reedbed along with singles of Willow Warbler and Blackcap and a couple of Chiffchaffs in the willow swamp. A party of Swallows over the mirrors quickly pushed inland while a few more Linnets were noted along the main track beside south lake, where a pair of Goldeneye were still on the water.
At Dungeness a half hour seawatch from the hide produced nothing more than 10 west bound Gannets and a Red-throated Diver up-Channel; it was truly dreadful considering the time of year and wind direction. On the land a few Linnets, Meadow Pipits and a Black Redstart were noted, plus a male Peregrine showing off over the power station. A check of Kerton Road quarry also proved to be quiet with several Lapwings and Oystercatchers on the main island the only birds of note.