On Saturday afternoon we decided to head coastwards, and drove down the M20 in beautiful sunshine. On the way we passed the entrance to Samphire Hoe and thus unwittingly missed the chance to see (well, maybe 'see' is too strong a word) the Short-toed Treecreeper that was found there at lunchtime. Oh well. By the time we rocked up at St Margaret's Bay the sun was gone and heavy grey clouds blanketed the sky. Again, oh well.
So, on to Sunday. A cloudy morning morphed into a properly sunny afternoon and I walked down to Sevenoaks at about noon to see what was about. We are still in a bit of an inbetween-season slump with the winter birds going or gone (I didn't see or hear a single Siskin today, for example) and not much sign of the spring migrants and insect-life. However, resident birds are full of the joys and it was nice to be out.
From Willow hide were the usual crowd of Canada Geese. Duck numbers seem to have fallen though there were still a few Gadwalls, Teals, Mallards and Tufties, plus a single Shoveler.