Trip reports

Foreness Point and Reculver, Saturday 5 November 2016

Monday, 5 December 2016

The usual pit stop in Margate produced a Little Egret on the beach and a Rock Pipit on decking close to us and a Pied Wagtail on a patch of scrubby land. We decamped at Foreness Point in strong wind, which was to dog us all day. A Jay flew around near the cars, an uncommon species on our visits here. A few waders and gulls on the beach, while there were several Stonechats around. Moving round to shelter behind the pumping station careful scanning eventually produced our target species with at least two Purple Sandpipers among the Ringed Plovers and Turnstones. Offshore a Common Scoter heading west was being followed by about 20 incoming Starlings. Later on another flock of scoters flew past.

Then drove along to Reculver for lunch before walking out to Coldharbour and back. A few Brent Geese and more Common Scoters flew past before Roy found a commic tern offshore - a late bird. There were also Gannets out to sea. Nearing Coldharbour Roy and I were walking on the beach hoping to find either Snow Bunting or Shore Lark; no joy with them, but we did have five Sanderling. Inland, a flock of about 200 Golden Plover flew around.

John Birkett.