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Saturday 23rd April 2016

A cold north wind produced a few interesting seabirds, with single Goldeneye Red-throated Diver and Kittiwake, together with 25 Sandwich Terns past. Also of interest were 2 Whinchats along the sea wall to Thornham, and a single Wheatear. Our Swallows arrived back this morning, and other birds of note included a Black-tailed Godwit on the NWT pools, a Greenshank at Thornham Harbour, a female Black Redstart in the dunes, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers and 6+ Sedge Warblers.

At Walsey Hills c.60 Sand Martins, 30 Swallows and 3 House Martins were feeding over Snipe's Marsh and behind North Foreland Wood for much of the day. A Wryneck was reported in the bushes near the NWT visitor center and in the scrub at Walsey were 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps,  1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Sedge Warbler. 8 Whimbrel were seen passing west during the day, with some alighting on the marsh near the car park with a single Ruff.