Friday 11 March 2022

`Booming` Bittern

Dungeness - mild, cloudy, showery, SSE 4 - A check of Lade and the bay this morning revealed nothing new of note. A circuit of the bird reserve, just before the rain got going, revealed all the expected wildfowl, gulls, harriers and egrets, plus singing Reed Buntings and Cetti`s Warblers across the site. The hayfields are drying out fast but did hold a flock of nine Dunlins, Ringed Plover, Ruff and Curlew along with up to 20 Teal. From Dengemarsh hide three more Ruffs were in amongst the Lapwings, Shelducks and Wigeons on the far side, while a Bittern gave a half-hearted `boom`. There was plenty of activity on the Boulderwall fields from Lapwings, Wigeons, feral geese and Starlings. At Cockles Bridge the Cattle Egret tally had rose to six along with two Little Egrets.

                                 Dunlins on the hayfields

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