Tuesday 2 April 2024


Dungeness - cool, cloudy, SW4 - Spent the day guiding for Steve and Paul from Surrey. We started at the point where we enjoyed superb views of a male Peregrine perched atop A station tucking into a Feral Pigeon that it had just caught. Also noted around the power station complex a singing Black Redstart, two Ravens, several Linnets, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits and a Stonechat. The rest of the day was spent on the bird reserve in blustery weather conditions and not conducive to finding passerines, although we did see 20 Swallows and ten Sand Martins over Burrowes and a couple of Sedge Warblers at Dengemarsh, The highlight though was at least 17 Little Gulls on Burrowes and two each of Avocet and Water Pipit on the hayfields. The long-staying Great Northern Diver was still present along with a pair of Goldeneye, while the guests enjoyed several Marsh Harriers, a range of wildfowl and a Great White Egret along the way. We finished up with 70 species for the day, so not too shabby considering the strong wind.

                                  Power station Peregrine

                                 Hayfield Avocets

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