We then made our way back to Dungeness, seeing the Long-tailed Duck on the ARC pit from the Hanson hide along with 3 Smew (including my first drake of the winter), several Goldeneye and a Snipe. A visit to Lydd airport revealed a female/immature Black Redstart, obviously wintering around the hangar and port-a-cabins, as we saw this individual here on the last day of 2011. The surrounding sheep fields held many Golden Plover.
Across Walland Marsh we had 2 Common Buzzards, Tree Sparrows and the Bewick's Swan flock, now numbering 48 birds including 5 juveniles. A Little Egret
In the afternoon the parents headed to Park & Denge Woods where they had a couple of Jays, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk & G-S Woodpecker. I met up with Angela and between us we saw Little Egret, Mistle Thrush, 2 G-S Woodpeckers and the flock of Mute Swans behind Conningbrook Lakes and along Blackwall Road.