08-15-10.00 from an empty sea watch hide in rain/sleet and snow and strong north easterly winds:
Red Throated Divers: 204E
Great Crested Grebe: 76 on sea
Common Scoter: 11E
Red Breasted Merganser: 4E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 1E
Sandwich Tern: 1E
Harbour Porpoise: 2+
It was still raining hard when I left the hide, by the time I reached the car I was very wet and some what fed up with this thoroughly miserable weather.
From the comfort of a warm car on the causeway 14 Smew(1 drake) was the only birds of note on the ARC. 2 Great White Egrets still on New Diggings.
As I will be in Portsmouth for the weekend for family stuff I have no doubt that the sea watching at Dungeness will be brilliant and the reserve will be full of rare and scarce migrants.