We made a quick stop at Tescos in Whitstable and were fortunate that the Waxwings dropped in while we were there. After a few minutes they departed and we moved on to Oare Marshes, there was the usual good selection of waders that included around 70 Avocet but the highlight of the visit was a ring tail Hen Harrier that graced us with its presence. Also a really well marked male Marsh Harrier was a joy to watch as it hovered over the reeds. Our last stop was New Hythe, somewhere I haven't visited much, the first real noteworthy bird was an adult Whooper Swan, I don't know if it has been around just for the winter or if it is a sort of 'feral' resident, still a nice bird. We were lucky also to find a Bittern sitting in the reeds but showing well enough. Lastly a female Goldeneye was seen on the next lake and the weather really wasn't quite so bad by the end of the day.
Today at the castle it was quite a struggle really, not much flying about at all, a few Green and Goldfinches were in the car park and I was met by a couple of curious Robins
|Part of the welcome party|
|These thrushes decided to fly off to save me getting frustrated with more out of focus close-ups!|