Wednesday 16 March 2022

Black-necked Grebe

 Dungeness - mild, cloudy, SE2 - En-route to the visitors centre and a pit stop at Boulderwall fields revealed two Glossy Ibises and a roosting Spoonbill behind Cooks Pool, where six Water Pipits had been seen earlier (JY). A guided walk for RSPB around the circular trail produced all the the usual suspects including a `booming` Bittern, displaying Marsh Harriers, a pair of Ravens, two Ruff, a Sparrowhawk, a Great White Egret, plus vocalising Bearded Tits and Water Rails from the ramp overlooking Hookers. Burrowes was covered in hundreds of Shovelers (c500), 200 Wigeons and 10 Goldeneyes with another one on Dengemarsh alongside a Black-necked Grebe in non-breeding plumage. At least12 Cetti`s Warblers were in song along the way with similar numbers of Reed Buntings.

                                  Singing and preening Wren

                                 Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes, Dengemarsh

Elsewhere today, the Cattle Egret flock was still at Cockles Bridge paddock, while during the morning the seawatchers` at Dungeness logged a notable passage of 31 Garganeys up-Channel (MC et al).

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