Trip reports

Midweek Outing to Dungeness, 15th July 2014

Thursday, 14 August 2014

On arrival at the Old Lighthouse car park just east of the power station a Kestrel was hovering and a number of House Sparrows were flying around. We then went to the beach where we had good views of Gannets. Black-headed, Common, Lesser Black - backed and a single Yellow-legged Gull was found by a couple of the more eagle eyed amongst us. A Pied Wagtail was also seen.
As we headed towards the Observatory a female Black Redstart was spotted on the fence surrounding the power station and a few Common Whitethroats were scuttling about around the scrub close to the ringing station.
We had lunch at the Dungeness RSPB Reserve and had good views of Ruff and Turnstone from the hide overlooking Burrowes Pit. On leaving the Visitor Centre at least 5 Little Grebes in the pond and from the next two hides Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing and Common Sandpiper were added to our list of waders. As we made our way round the reserve Reed and Sedge Warblers were still in good(?) voice and a solitary Cettis Warbler was also heard. Sand Martins were gathering, and a few House Martins and Barn Swallows were hunting over the water.
As we approached the Denge Marsh hide a male Marsh Harrier was seen and a number of Common Terns were fishing over the marsh. From the nearby viewpoint excellent views of a Hobby hunting and perching were sere by all the group. On the last leg of the walk super views of a cock Linnet and a Reed Bunting were had. During the day 65 species were recorded.
To cap an excellent days birding we finished with a superb fish and chip supper at the Pilot Inn on the beach at Dungeness. You could not ask for more!
Terry Osborn