Trip reports

Reserve Visit: RSPB Dungeness

Reserve Visit: RSPB Dungeness
Simon Thomas

Saturday, 4 January 2020

A group of nine members spent a really enjoyable day at the RSPB Dungeness Reserve.

The low number ruled out hiring a coach, so everyone had to make their own travel arrangements, but all arrived on time for a full day's viewing. Unfortunately Tony Vass was unwell and had to pull out so our leaderless group just made its way round the RSPB and ARC sites, with just enough time to visit all the hides.

It was good to see two new faces - Steffi and Claudio - and also to run into Ralph and Brenda Todd, who had given the November talk and were able to help with a couple of identifications.

We were fortunate that the sunshine forecast for just the morning lasted all day, culminating in beautiful golden colours late afternoon and a lovely sunset to accompany us home.

Birds seen at Dungeness were blackbird, reed bunting, chaffinch, chiffchaff (pictured), coot, cormorant, carrion crow, great white egret, gadwall, black-tailed godwit, goldcrest, goldeneye, great crested grebe, Canada goose, greylag goose, greenfinch, black-headed gull, great black-backed gull, herring gull, marsh harrier, grey heron, kestrel, lapwing, magpie, mallard, wood pigeon, pochard, robin, shelduck, shoveler, smew, house sparrow, starling, mute swan, Bewick's swan, teal, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, tufted duck, pied wagtail and wigeon. A total of 42 species were identified, plus an unseen, but vocal, Cetti's warbler.


Simon Thomas