I thought I would try and do some birding today rather than lug the big camera around looking for photos that aren't there. Camped out on the beach seat by the pumping station and did a bit of sea watching with my tiny ED50 (must get something bigger). A dozen common gulls kept company with the many black headed and herring gulls feeding from the outflow as the tide came in. A female merganser flew westwards and an egret was feeding on the mudflats further west. A flock of 112 brents made an appearance plus a couple of shelduck and later a Sandwich tern circled the outflow before going east, managed a record shot with my 300mm.. Further out there were about 16-18 g.c.grebes plus 3 red-throated divers and further out 3 common scoter .
Inland at the plots entrance a pair of coots continued building their nest in the dyke (first for ages)! A chiffchaff was singing and a male marsh harrier flew across the reeds plus 6 linnets went overhead. Moved up to S.Swale and met Ian Shepherd, didn't add much else except 28 wigeon out in the estuary, still no wheatear or beardies, finished with 40 species for the morning along the seafront.