Thursday, 2 October 2014

A day away from my patch today, a trip to Dungeness was had, just what I needed to incentivise my patch visits  :-)

I spent a little over 6 hours at the RSPB reserve, with a short trip made to the Observatory, plus a short sea watch, the latter produced an Arctic Skua - very nice  :-)

Here's a brief rundown of some of the highlights from the 76 species recorded -:

Three Egret Species, Little Egret, Great White Egret and Cattle Egret were a nice trio, a Bittern was also seen flying over the reeds.

The Cattle Egret was snapped for the record, it was a long way off!

There were a few summer species recorded this morning as well, with Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wheatear and Stonechat all seen.

Sedge Warbler, with a tasty morsel!

Some other great species such as Black Necked Grebe, Ruddy duck, Gargany, Water Rail, Bearded Tit, Cettis Warbler, Black Redstart and Tree Sparrow were seen, along with plenty of Duck and Wader species. Raptors were represented by Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and of course Sparrowhawk  :-) In all a brilliant days birding  ;-)

Little Grebe


Marianne said...

Sounds great - always nice to have a change of scene and Dunge rarely disappoints :)

Marc Heath said...

Great away day Warren. Nice shot of the cows udders, wait a minute, just noticed a white bird there as well! A good range of species by the sounds of it.

Warren Baker said...

Crickey, didn't realise I had captured the cattle Egret in the image too!!