Made a New Year's day trip to Dunge today-stopping en route to see the Chilham Shrike. At Dunge it was a generally gloomy day but we saw most of the specialities there. The 2 Cattle Egrets were showing well down Dengemarsh Road, and the Scaup and 2 Black-necked Grebes were still at Scotney Gravel Pit. On Walland Marsh there were 80 Bewick's Swans, 1 Whooper and the 4 Bean Geese. We failed to locate the Pallas's Warbler reported from the ARC Pit, but on the main part of the reserve we saw 3 Great White Egrets, 2 Goosander and several Smew. Finally a Kingfisher showed well from the Scott Hide.