Thursday 6 October 2016

A goose day

Dungeness RSPB - cool, cloudy, e4 - Another nippy day with a brisk wind out of the east sending the temperature tumbling. After meeting Keith and Joyce from Thanet we continued on with the bird tour starting at Burrowes where two flocks of 50 Brents flying over the site calling was a fine start. Around the pit two Avocets, 10 Dunlins, two Ringed Plovers, 12 Grey Plovers, Knot, Turnstone and Common Sandpiper were all logged, plus the usual wildfowl including a Barnacle Goose, Goldeneye and 10 Pintails. Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Great White Egrets, Goldcrest, Swallows, Chiffchaffs also noted hereabouts.
  Moving round to Dengemarsh a large flock of feral Greylags contained seven White-fronts and a Tundra Bean Goose located by CP. More Marsh Harriers, egrets and wildfowl noted, plus 10 Snipe, a Kingfisher (heard) and a flock of c200 Linnets over the sunflower field. Wheatear, Stonechat, Mipit and Raven were all seen from the access road. From Hanson hide more Dunlins, Grey Plovers, a Barwit, seven Great White Egrets and several large pulses of Swallows and Sand Martins through.
Dungeness - We finished the day with a one hour seawatch from the fishing boats adding Gannet, Sandwich Tern, Guillemot and Mediterranean Gull to the tour list, plus further good views of Brents here and along the beach at Lade on the way home. So, in summary a bit of a goose day.

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