Saturday was a reasonably good day with news of a pair of mobile Black-winged Stilt at Elmley RSPB. I nipped off to the reserve and though distant at times the birds showed very well, and were clearly very happy together. A pair of Avocets were equally amorous and though at times it seemed as though nothing would happen Mr Avocet finally got his act together and so the line of cameras in the hide rattled off literally a machine gun fire volley of shots.
Along the track a pair of Garganey showed well, first pool below the farmhouse going towards the hides, 6+ adult Med Gulls in the fields, 3+ Hobby, and some luminescent Yellow Wagtails. Redshanks were also very visible, a great place for taking piccies.
Having left Elmley I decided to check the 'usual' sites along the Medway, 3 Greenshank and a sum plum Grey Plover at Funton, 300+ Brent Geese at Lower Halstow, and 102 at Motney. A Turtle Dove was a year tick at Motney, whilst this Nightingale gave stunning views nearby, a real performer, an excellent day.
Back at Cliffe on sunday, 21 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, a Spotted Red and a Hobby. Lastly the Monday was a bit of a let down with a no show Dix Pip at Crossness, London!! and few birds at Higham marshes, except 3 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover on the Timber Lake.