Wednesday 20 September 2023

Black Tern

Dungeness - warm, dry and cloudy, SW6 - For this morning`s guided RSPB walk for four guests I decided to abandon the circular route due to the strong winds and lack of hides around Burrowes; we walked to Firth, and as we were the first visitors of the day flushed everything in front of the lookout, from where there was no way of sheltering from the tempest. So, it was back to Dennis`s hide for shelter and a stakeout checking through the common wildfowl, Lapwings and gulls for something of interest. A steady passage of Sand and House Martins pulsed over the waters throughout while two Great White Egrets, two Marsh Harriers and four Ruff were noteworthy. Moving onto Boulderwall Fields where at least six Cattle Egrets were noted amongst the suckling herd and a Kestrel over. We then settled in at Hanson hide enjoying good views of the Glossy Ibis pair, a juvenile Little Stint and singles of Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Garganey and Pintail, while a Black Tern appeared briefly over the Cormorant island before relocating to Burrowes (per SM). Needlesss to say, due to the weather, we hardly saw any passerines this morning, although Chiffchaffs could be heard calling from the willow scrub. Seawatching at the point today continued to witness an unprecedented passage of Balearic Shearwaters heading down Channel.

                                 Cattle Egrets, Boulderwall fields

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