Three hardy souls braved the elements for the walk. At the meeting point a Green Woodpecker landed in the field behind, whilst assorted Turnstones, Sanderlings and Oystercatchers industriously ran around on the shoreline. Lapwings could be seen in adjacent fields. Each post on the groynes seemed to have an obligatory Redshank or Grey Plover sitting on top. There were Cormorants, Shelduck, Herring Gulls, Black Headed Gulls and some Great Crested Grebes, as well as a lone Great Black Backed Gull, further out to sea. At this stage the weather was calm and dry.
After a short drive to a parking spot nearer to the Swale Nature Reserve the walk resumed down the track. A splendid sight of around 350 Brent Geese and 24 Curlew was waiting in a nearby field. Large groups of Starling swirled around. A further look at the sea revealed a large number of Common Gull bobbing on the water. A pair of Pied Wagtail flitted around on the sea wall followed by a brief glimpse of a Short Eared Owl hunting over some grassland and a flypast from a couple of Little Egret over the marsh. A pair of Stonechat could be seen in the roadside foliage. Meadow Pipits could also be heard.
Towards Shellness beach a male Kestrel was surveying for prey from his telegraph pole vantage point. Along the naturist beach was a large raft of Mallard on the water and three Mute Swans. A single Ringed Plover was spotted amongst the Turnstones here while at the concrete bunker large numbers of Dunlin, Grey Plovers and Oystercatchers were assembled on the shoreline. A distant Marsh Harrier drifted low over the land. The weather forecast was by this time living up to its predictions as grey clouds and a few spots of rain appeared prompting a return to the car, whereupon a Peregrine raced through chasing huge clouds of waders that had suddenly taken to the air.
En route to the RSPB Capel Fleet Raptor viewpoint for lunch, the opportunity was taken to stop off along the road at a small lake full of ducks including Teal, Wigeon, and more Mallards. Two Corn Buntings alighted on some telegraph wires while good views were had of around six Marsh Harriers at the viewpoint. At that point the wind became stronger and the rain started in earnest, bringing the walk to an end. A total of 37 species were identified for the trip, some in very large numbers.