A day trip to Dungeness observatory and RSPB reserve was the order of the day. In all, 91 species were recorded with many highlights and lifers for my 3 companions. Top birds included whinchats (a distant bird shown here), wheatears, black redstart, hen harrier, marsh harrier, juvenile cuckoo (photographed), black necked grebe, spotted redshank and over 30 yellow wagtails. Birds of prey were evident throughout the day with hobby, kestrel, merlin, the harriers and sparrow hawk all being observed. A firecrest was heard but not seen and the bushes appeared to be full of whitethroats, with 1 lesser whitethraot and 1 reed warbler also recorded.
At the patch arctic, little, common, sandwich and black terns were registered along with a solitary kittiwake whilst out at sea a single shelduck headed west and plenty of gannets were heading in both directions along the channel.