On a flat calm sea at Dungeness this morning very little of note: 300+ Great-crested Grebes and just a few Auks and Red-throated Divers. Off shore a few Gannets and Kittiwakes with just 6 Brent Geese moving east.
Met PT at the obs who told me about a singing Stonechat with a very white rump near the research station. On arrival the chat was soon located and the record images below taken clearly showing a particularly white rump and some bling. The bird was still singing and hunting in the company of its mate. Any comments will be gratefully received.
On New Diggings the Great White Egret, 2 Little Egrets and 1 red head Smew.
On the reserve the Long Tailed Duck, 38 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5+Marsh Harriers, 1 Common Buzzard and the Great White Egret flew into Dengemarsh.
On my way to the Harrier roost on Walland Marsh 2 Little Owls on the chicken sheds. Only 1 Marsh Harrier roosted in the reed bed I was monitoring, though there were a minimum of 9 in the area. A superb adult male Hen Harrier flew through at 16.50 and returned at 18.00 to roost in adjacent reed bed. Also seen at the roost 3 Common Buzzards, 4 Corn Buntings, several Water Rails squealing.
A big thank you to the lady who handed in my telescope that I left at the viewing ramp. Its becoming a habit.