Today went with David Campbell on a birdrace of sorts. Don't think we are official and two of the group of four couldn't come in the end. We decided to go to Kent and started with Elmley Marshes. The drive from the road to the car park is always very fruitful. We soon saw marsh harriers, yellow wagtails and linnet, followed by mediterranean gulls, garganey, corn bunting, hobby and grey partridge (a bogey bird for David, who hadn't seen one for the last two years).
We then moved down the main track towards the hides. The first hide is 1.25 miles from the car park so it's quite a treck. I'm glad we went though because I saw one of my bogey birds, a female whinchat. A lifer and a very nice tick.
At Elmley we saw 68 species in all. Not bad for one site.
We moved on to Grove Ferry where the notable additions were little ringed plover, greenshank, cuckoo, great crested grebe (the only one of the day - strange) and common tern.
Finally we moved on to Oare, which gave us water rail, bearded tit and a late-staying pair of widgeon. Unusual to see widgeon so late in the year. We got 86 species last year, 90 this year! By the end of the day we were happy but exhausted!!
Here is a complete list of species for that day.
Great crested grebe
Lesser black-backed gull
Little ringed plover