Thursday, 26 May 2022

Egrets and Ibis

Dungeness  RSPB - 0515 - 0830hrs - cool and sunny, SW 1 -4 - An early morning circuit of the bird reserve commenced in fine style with several Cattle Egrets and a Great White Egret on the Boulderwall fields and a Barn Owl flying in with prey. Initially there was no wind which encouraged plenty of Sedge Warblers, Whitethroaats and Reed Buntings to sing atop prominent perches, although the wind soon picked up. There was the usual breeding activity from the ramp with Marsh Harriers, Bitterns and Bearded Tits and where Cuckoo and Hobby also noted. Hayfield 2 briefly held a pair of Black-tailed Godwits, while the Glossy Ibis was on Hayfield 3 along with a trio of Little Egrets, Shelducks, Shovelers, Yellow Wagtail and Corn Bunting, and where juvs of Lapwing and Redshank were present. Burrowes was quiet with the highlight a flock of 20 Curlews roosting out the high tide. A quick look from Hanson hide for the Ring-necked Duck drew a blank, although it was reported during the afternoon. 

                                  Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler, Dengemarsh

                                  Glossy Ibis, Hayfield 3

                                  Curlews, Burrowes

                                  Black-tailed Godwits, Hayfield 2

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