My rare off patch visit, to dungeness, with a long time birder mate, was on the whole a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting to find the likes of Redstart, Ring Ouzel, or even the Hoopoe that was seen the day before. Saying that, it was enjoyable to find the scrubby areas around the reserve filled to capacity with Sedge Warblers, and Whitethroats, their excitable song accompanied us throughout. Also enjoyable was the sighting of at least 4 Marsh Harriers.
The only other summer migrants seen were one or two Willow Warbler, a couple of Blackcaps, and Chiffchaffs, and a mixed flock of Sand Martins and Swallows. A total of 58 species was a little on the low side I thought. Overall though it was an enjoyable day, and I got to see many different birds that i have no chance of finding on my patch :-)
Speaking of my patch, my friend and I thought we would have a quick circuit of Migrant Alley later in the afternoon, it didn't disappoint, for coming over from the east we spied a RED KITE (86, 66), what a great way to end the birding day ! A cherry on the icing of the cake was finding a WHEATEAR on the paddocks too, a very nice hour long patch visit, you just never know do you :-)
No photo's today, it was too much to carry bins, scope and camera around all day, so the camera had a day off at home. More patch work tomorrow :-)