appeared from nowhere and landed on the wires almost in front of me , and at last I managed some reasonable shots . Before they could get to the bird , it flew over my head and proceeded to take it's morning ablutions in the stream , under an overhanging Hawthorn , before hopping onto the tree to
preen . Another flight over our heads , a quick hover over the wires and it was back to it's favoured part of the distant hedge again . I gave it another 30 minutes , chatting with the other birders , but the Shrike seemed happy to just sit in the sun drying itself off , so I made my way back to the car and headed for my second stop , Reculver , which was a different story to the sheltered valley at Chilham . Plenty of sunshine in clear blue sky , but the wind and temperature were definitely not the same , probably the reason for so few cars on my arrival in the car park . No luck with Black Redstart on the boulders around the Towers , and with the tide at it's top , very few birds on the tideline apart from the odd Turnstone and Ringed Plover , but a passing birder said that my target , the Snow Bunting , were showing down by the new outfall , which was good news . Only trouble was , he didn't mention the two people collecting driftwood from the beach , about 200 metres in front of me .A few Stonechat on the wall and the vegetation inside , but still little on the other side , until a couple
time I reached those on the sea , they too were lifting off and returning to the fields . Soon after , and
still alongside the end of the oyster farm , a movement on the shingle produced my first Snow
Buntings , a small flock of 8/10 , but very twitchy , often dropping over the shingle ridge and
reappearing 20 metres or so in front or behind , then on approaching the new position , repeating the move . From there to the new outfall , just before Coldharbour , I hardly saw a single bird , unsurprising , as I had now almost caught up with the driftwood collectors . Three birders had been at the outfall watching a small flock of Snow Buntings and having left them in situ , passed me and confirmed that were still there , but as I got there , so too did the two on the beach , and like the majority of the beach , there was nothing to see . I carried on to the far side of Coldharbour , without success , then retraced my steps back towards the Towers , seeing the driftwood collectors in front of me , but walking along the wall this time , but the damage had been done . With the tide on the turn , flocks of Ringed Plover were moving along the coastline but not stopping , and none of the boulder groins or those around the Towers produced the hoped for Black Redstart . Before heading home , I had a quick look over the Thanet Way at Marshside , an area I had hoped to visit for Willow Emerald Damselfly earlier in the year , but was thwarted by heavy traffic after being successful with the Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at New Hythe . A good look around with not many leaves on the trees will hopefully pay dividends on a trip next season . The trip home was as bad as the morning one , with the setting sun now being the problem , but fortunately the journey home was uneventful .