Tuesday 16 May 2023


 Warm, dry and sunny, SW 3 - Guiding today around the Dungeness peninsula for Ian and Penny commenced at the point where all the expected land birds were noted including Wheatears, Stonechats, Mipits, Skylarks, two Buzzards and a Peregrine, plus several Common and a Sandwich Tern at the Patch. Probably the oddest record was a Sedge Warbler singing in the lighthouse garden along with a Blackcap.

                                   Yellow Wagtail, Dengemarsh

After a brief look at the bay from the Tavern viewpoint (150 Oystercatchers and 10 Bar-tailed Godwits) we moved onto the bird reserve where a meagre few waders were noted: three Turnstones, a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Little Ringed Plover on Burrowes; five Black-tailed Godwits, six Redshanks and 15 Lapwings on the hayfields. From the ramp we had cracking views of a pair of Cuckoos, two Hobbies and several Marsh Harriers, otherwise it was just the usual warblers around the trail. We finished the afternoon with a stunning male Yellow Wagtail at Dengemarsh, our 75th species of the day. 

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