Trip reports

Reserve Visit: RSPB Dungeness

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 6 January 2018

January 2018 and the start of our year's birding. Where else but RSPB Dungeness.

Dungeness Reserve and Arc Pits never disappoint with new sightings each year, though there were some "absent" feathered friends from the previous year, which we hope to see return in 2019.

Our group of 20, which included some first time visitors to Dungeness, were amiably led by Peter Denyer and Mark Armstrong, both excellent guides and willing to share their knowledge with the less enlightened of us who were most appreciative.

The day started out a bit grim and grey, but by lunch time the heavens had had enough of this gloom and doom and with a great whoosh blew away the greyness and rewarded us with blue skies and sunshine.

The 60 bird species seen during our walk round the reserve were identified by Peter Denyer, Mark Armstrong, Sedley Underdown and Peter Calladine, with contributions from other members of the group who kept their eyes peeled! The birds identified were greylag and Canada geese, mute swan, shelduck, shoveler, gadwall, wigeon, mallard, teal, pochard, tufted duck, goldeneye, black throated diver, little and great crested grebe, cormorant, grey heron, great white egret, little egret, marsh harrier, buzzard, moorhen, coot, golden plover, lapwing, black headed, common, lesser black backed, herring, yellow legged, Iceland, glaucous and great black backed gull, greenfinch, house sparrow, stock dove, wood pigeon, long eared owl, kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, kestrel, magpie, jackdaw, crow, blue, great and bearded tit, long tailed tit (pictured), wren, robin, stonechat, blackbird, starling, dunnock, pied wagtail, reed bunting, chaffinch, tree sparrow and goldcrest. Barnacle geese were also seen towards Camber.

I can safely say a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all who came and I would like to thank Mary and her assistants at RSPB Dungeness for their help and friendliness to our group.