Not the only reason for going to Hengistbury Head again but worth the drive is the Monster Breakfast at the Hikers Cafe. Sets one up for the day what! Obviously a good walk is then needed to work it off. On a beautiful morning birds were a little thin on the ground with just Linnets and Stonechats of note on the ascent. At the top I got sight of my first for the year Sand Martins and a little later on the Barn Field my first Wheatear. Again it wasn’t a birding day so not much else was noted.
Later on a walk all the way to Boscombe Pier only added Kestrel to the list. Before setting off for home a stop was made at Cowards Marsh, a site I had not heard of until I saw that there were three Garganey present. Having found the site quite easily the other birders there told me that they hadn’t been seen for a fair while. Having left the rest of the family in the car I couldn’t stay long but managed to see Pintail, Lapwing, Little Egret, Redshank and my first Common Sandpiper of the year. On the road back to Ringood a Swallow was seen perched on telegraph wires. My fourth year-tick of the day.