I was up and out again early this morning at 5am where I stopped off to hear the Nightingale before driving along the Thanet Way to Chambers Wall. After parking up I then spent around 4 hours walking down to the sea before walking west along the seawall towards the towers where I checked the Oyster farm before returning back and checking the bushes along the embankment. Birds noted were 8 Reed Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Red legged Partridge, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Pheasant, 8 Reed Bunting, 10 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 9 Oystercatcher, 6 Skylark, 1 Bar tailed Godwit flying east, 8 Swallow, 1 Merlin flying east close offshore, 12 Sandwich Tern and 23 Turnstone.
There were 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Fulmar west, 1 Great northern Diver still offshore, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Tree Pipit west calling, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear, 12 Common Scoter east, 3 Grey Heron, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Common Tern, 2 Gannet and 2 Corn Bunting. I then drove over to Shuart where I spent an hour walking down to the sea which produced 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing, 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Kestrel, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Sand Martin. Having met the Hindle family earlier, they told me of an area where the Turtle Dove could be seen so on the way home I duly called in and as I parked up, 1 Turtle Dove landed on the floor and started collecting twigs for the nest. Although the light was pretty awful, I rattled off a few shots of these attractive birds before she flew off out of sight. As I drove on and turned the car around, another Turtle Dove was sitting on the wires. Nice to see a pair in the area and hopefully they will breed successfully. A pleasant morning session and home just after 10.30am.