Another very quiet morning at Bockhill. There was a Spotted Flycatcher in the Freedown and the "big field" did hold three Wheatears and a Whinchat, but although I scanned every clod I couldn't find the Dotterel that had been in my minds eye when I started out! It must be because I read about the Dotterel on Pendle Hill on Mike Watson's blog last night. I did bump into Gerald Bovis and his wife, it was good to meet someone who was just a name on a couple of comments on the blog until then.
High tide at Pegwell was around 5 p.m. tonight, and for some reason I though that a visit to Backsands Scrape might be worth while. Today was one of those days when the journey wasn't really worth it. The usual group of Redshanks (20+), Greenshanks (8) and one Spotted Redshank were in the far corner and a Snipe was probing on the edge opposite. One Greenshank dropped in briefly, right in front of the hide, but soon decided to join the others.
On the way back I popped into the Restharrow Scrape hide in the hope that there might be some activity there. A couple of Little Ringed Plovers were running round on one of the small islands and a Common Sandpiper bobbed up and down on the island in front of the hide. One Green Sandpiper made a noisy entrance and continued to announce it's island hopping movements with it's musical calls. Suddenly I was aware of movement at the edge of the reeds and a Water Rail came into view.
The evening light was now putting a warn glow on everything. The Water Rail was pretty much perpetual motion and slipped along between the reeds.
A one point it crossed a small open space but it quickly accelerated across it. The sun caught the front of the bird and reflected in it's eye.