On the New Diggings 2+ Black-necked Grebes still.
Firecrest feeding on the grassIn the lighthouse Garden 4+ Firecrests, 3 of which were feeding on the grass with 3 Chiffchaffs.
Chiffchaff in the lighthouse garden
Continental Coal Tit
While watching the Firecrests and Chiffchaffs 2 Continental Coal Tits appeared, stayed for a short while before apparently flying off south. In the lighthouse area 4+ Black Redstarts mainly around the research station. Around the rest of the scrub another 12+ Firecrests, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests and another 2 Black Redstarts.
Firecrest at Lloyds
A text from SO had me twitching my first Wheatear of the year, a female on the beach near Jarmans. The Gorse and Broom beside the entrance road held at least another 5 Firecrests and 2 more Black Redstarts. While wandering around the beach c270 Brent Geese flew east.
My first Wheatear of the year (picture for Steve Gale)
At Scotney still 2 Black-necked Grebes still and the Little Owl showed briefly otherwise very quiet there.
A scan of the fields in front of Plodland put Spoonbill on the house year list as it had a little fly around, also Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Raven and 2 Red Legged Partridges.
A mid afternoon sea watch was very slow, 3 Red-throated Divers and 2 Gannets flew east in 30 minutes.
Late afternoon at the pines 2 more Black Redstarts but no sign of the male Wheatear seen by SO.