After a busy evening and early morning I managed a few hours sleep and allowed out for three hours on the morning of the 1st before more family commitments. It was just a prowl around Whitstable, starting at Swalecliffe then onto the woods where the day before sported all the goodies but this morning, none! Finishing at Seasalter I only managed to see 53 sp..
The Last Few Days
A few more outings locally produced, peregrine, bullfinch plus three marsh harriers (hunting together) over the plots. Along the seashore the dunlin and sanderling roost kept interest alive plus a group of c.65 barwits were just off the outfall. Sanderling numbers have been good this winter with twelve seen on the 5th. A couple of trips to Stodmarsh were rewarded with bittern views on both occasions plus marsh harriers and a few redpolls in the wood.
I have also called in at Hampton a few times finding just three purple sandpipers recently and a walk along the prom as far as the Coastguard cottages revealed 85 turnstones, 65 ringed plovers, 7 sanderling, redshanks and 18 linnets. Today, (6th) I escaped from the twins for an hour and found the Mediterranean gull at Hampton which landed on the sea in the corner by the outfall.