I had arranged to meet the Jims this morning but had no plans set on where we’d go so at 5.30am we discussed a plan and with nothing really jumping out as a target I uttered the magic words “let’s go to Dunge” and then we were off.
7am and we were looking over the fence at the Lighthouse garden as I fancied finding a Firecrest and within seconds we had achieved our first goal followed shortly after by a second bird.
A few Ciffchaff flitted about in the garden too but the Firecrests stole the show.
I found my first Wheatear of the year at Lade before finding another two birds around the moat area of the Observatory. A fly over Raven gave the Jims another year tick before we set off towards Gallaways.
We got distracted by the Sheep Egrets along the Lydd road before getting to Gallaways to find the red flags flying and the road closed so we turned and headed for home in the knowledge that the M2 was closed and the M20 had lengthy road works delays.