Friday, 18 October 2013

Two-headed Gull!

Dungeness RSPB - 1400hrs - Mild, cloudy, se 3 - With Mat and Cathryn down for a weekends birding we kicked off at Hanson hide where the Glossy Ibis showed well on the shingle ridges amongst several hundred Golden Plovers, Lapwings, 6 Snipe, 5 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, Blackwit and a variety of dabbling ducks plus all the common species of gulls. From the willow trail a mixed tit flock included Long-tailed Tit and Chiffchaff.

                                          Glossy Ibis and a Two-headed Gull! ARC

Over the road the Tree Sparrows were on and around the feeders with at least 18 birds present, while from the access road Stonechat, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel and Marsh Harrier. There was plenty to see on Burrowes with up to 6 Great White Egrets following the Cormorants around along with ten each of Little Egrets and Grey Heron. Also noted around the pit 2 Goldeneye, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 13 Snipe, Greenshank, Little Stint, Red-crested Pochard and a Wheatear by Firth hide. A putative drake Ring-necked Duck type asleep in front of Scott hide eventually morphed into a Tufted Duck...
However, a good start with 65 species noted.

                                Greenshank, Burrowes

                                Wheatear, Burrowes

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