Trip reports

RSPB Dungeness - Walk with Nature (Leader Pete Saville)

RSPB Dungeness - Walk with Nature (Leader Pete Saville)
Tufted Duck [Richard Hanman]

Sunday, 9 December 2018

I started the day early as I wanted to see the Bewick swans on the ARC pit. I arrived at 7.30 only to be told by another birder that they flown off to feed on the rape fields near Lydd. I spent a couple of hours there until it was time to meet up with the group at 10 am.

11 members arrived for the walk plus Sue and Steve who decided that, as they were constrained by time, they would not come with the group as we going to do the walk in reverse due to an event taking place. We started to the walk towards Denge Marsh Hide with just few birds seen. It began to rain so we were glad to arrive at a hide and get out of the weather. Birds seen from the hide, coots, tufted ducks, gadwall, teal, great-white egrets, mallards, great-crested grebes, herring gulls, black-headed gulls, cormorants, wigeons, marsh harriers, buzzards, blackbirds, greylag geese, starlings and Canada geese.

As the weather had cleared, we moved on towards Christmas Dell Hide. Nothing to add to our day list so after a quick look we moved on to the next hides. There were huge numbers of cormorants on the water possibly several hundred. Robins, great tits green woodpeckers, Egyptian geese flew over, great black-backed gulls, little egret, lesser black-backed gulls and pied wagtail were added to our list. On the feeders in the car park blue tits, dunnocks, chaffinches, house sparrows, moor hen, reed bunting and magpie.

Warren decided to go over to the ARC pit to see if any more birds could be added to the day list but nothing further was seen.

I went in search of the Bewick swans near Lydd and found them with a group of mute swans after quite a long walk along the track - happy days

Total group count 41 plus my two swans.

Pete Saville