Wednesday 14 September 2022

Guiding in the rain

Dungeness - warm, overcast, rain, N 2 - Not the best of weather for guiding around the bird reserve this morning where following this weeks dollop of rain the water levels have already noticeably risen since Monday. Highlights were: Dengemarsh hide, two Little Stints, six Ruff, five Snipe, two Redshanks, two Little Ringed Plovers, 20 Ringed Plovers, a Wood Sandpiper, three Great White Egrets, three Marsh Harriers, several Yellow Wagtails, a Sedge Warbler and a flyby Bittern; Dennis`s hide, an Avocet and 10 Dunlins; Hanson hide, Curlew and Common Sandpipers, Common Tern, Pintails, Great White and Little Egrets. At least six Cattle Egrets were in the hayfields/Boulderwall and just after midday an Osprey flew over the site and out to sea flushing just about everything. The humid air forced down hundreds of hirundines over the lakes, and at least three Swifts, while a Whinchat, Wheatear and Whitethroat were noted from the access road.. 

                                  Great White Egret, ARC

                                 Old Lady, new for the NR trap

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