Following the amazing late news on Friday night of a first-winter female Dusky Thrush at Margate Cemetery for three days (but only having just been positively identified), it was clear that Brenda and I would be changing our birding plans for Saturday morning!
Childcare responsibilities resulted in us being unable to get to site until 7:30 by which times hundreds had already arrived. We were onto the bird within minutes and breathed a huge sigh of relief and managed to enjoy many more relaxed moments thereafter with this first record for the county over the next two/three hours.
It was as these events always are a great opportunity to catch up with many friends and familiar faces from the birding world and in general the behaviour of the masses was considerate and respectful to the location. The finder Steve Tomlinson will no doubt be on a high now for some considerable time having 'unblocked' Dusky Thrush for the majority of the country's twitchers, the last (twitchable), record being in the late 1950's!
A couple of record shots are shown below:
Following the successful morning at Margate, we headed off to nearby Reculver to see the ring-tail Montagu's Harrier that has been frequenting the area for a short while.