It has been many, many years since I last visited this large site near Canterbury and I will certainly be going back soon. This visit was with the RSPB SE Herts Group and the initial part of the walk was full of birdsong including Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Nightingale, Whitethroat and this beautiful Lesser Whitethroat.
The bird list increased with Reed and Sedge Warbler, Cattle Egret, Common Tern, all three Hirundines and Yellow Wagtail. Sadly the reported female Garganey could not be located. What was surprising was the amount of Beaver activity. I understand there are at least 28 of them on site following a re-introduction programme. Lots of signs on various trees.
Also a great time of year for some of our flora including Cuckooflower.
Marsh Harriers were very evident, though mainly distant. However I did get some opportunities when some drifted closer.
However, it was also great to see my first returning Hobbies of the year. Still a bit high up, but what superb birds!
And to top it all off, a pint of Shepherd Neame, Bishop's Finger before the trip back!