I visited Dungeness on Sunday (7th), spending far too long waiting for a Whinchat to pose for the camera, which after 3 hours I realised I was flogging a dead horse and gave up, and also far too long waiting for a distant Red-backed Shrike, seen along the entrance track to the RSPB reserve, to come closer which it chose not to. Plenty of good birds seen but as it can be at Dungeness, plenty to look at but more difficult to get close enough to anything for a photo.. The best sight was the spectacle of House Martins in tens of thousands, (no exaggeration) filling the sky and sometimes just metres over my head. Plenty of Swallows as well, although not in such volume, all refuelling for their oncoming journey back south. A few images but all distant was all I could manage from the day.
On Tuesday, (9th) I had a walk around the Elms on the Sandwich Bay estate, where all I could find was 2 Goldcrest's and a Spotted Fly-catcher that remained high up in the tree tops, and along the beach and around the big house by the yacht club I counted 11 Wheatears, 1 Common Redstart and 1 Whinchat. A Kestrel was seen on a fence post and 6 Meadow Pipits were feeding on a lawn in amongst the Wheatears. There were 2 juvenile Ring Plovers on the shingle along the tide line.