07.00-09.30 from the sea watch hide with DW and AJG:
Common Scoter: 36E
Great Skua: 1E
Pomarine Skua: 1E
Black Tern: 3E
Mixed flock of Commic and Sandwich Terns feeding o/s c300
Kittiwake: 5E 2W
Mediterranean Gull: 2E
Swallow: 2 in
Black Redstart: on perimeter fence
Grey Seal: 1
White Beaked Dolphin: 5+ spotted by DW just west of The Patch for about 30 minutes.
|Turtle Dove Walland marsh|
Late morning a look around the marsh with AJG, in particular a wander along the canal at Kenardington saw several Yellow Hammers, Blackcaps, Common Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Green Woodpeckers, Song and Mistle Thrushes, a Hobby and 3 Turtle Doves.
Coming back across the marsh brilliant views of 2 more Turtle Doves and a Marsh Harrier.
At Scotney this afternoon 5 Avocets on the spit with 3+ young, disappointingly I didn't see any other waders.
A plod around the reserve this evening was predictably quiet in the dreary conditions, of note 2 Marsh Harriers over Dengemarsh, 4 Garganey(3 drakes and a duck), 22 Gadwall and 32 Carrion Crows on Hay Field 3.