First stop this morning was at Hythe, hoping yesterdays Hoopoe had stayed overnight.
Unfortunately during our 2 hour stay the bird failed to show. A year tick came in the form of a Common Whitethroat and a single Red-legged partridge was watched as it walked and fed along the grass bank and fence that the Hoopoe was favouring yesterday. The only other bird of note seen here was a Grey Plover.
Dungeness was the next port of call, but this also failed to turn up many migrants. In a bitingly cold North wind we walked the moat, trapping area and were rewarded with Chiffchaffs and a pair of Raven. A search from the obs to the lighthouse wasn't much better, with the best being several Wheatears.
A drive along the entrance track added Tree Sparrows and another year tick came in the form of five Whimbrel.
Redshank, Little Egret, Skylark Buzzard and Marsh harrier were seen along with a couple of Yellow Wagtails.
A brief stop at the car park allowed some Goldfinch shots.
A day that could have delivered Hoopoe and Bee-eater but that never really got started.
There's always tomorrow!