Friday, 9 January 2015

Made the weekly visit to Dunge today. Compared to last week we struggled to see much. A Kingfisher showed well again in front of the Hanson Hide on the ARC pit, where 2 Great White Egrets could be seen. A Firecrest was glimpsed on the Willow Trail before we went to the Fishing Boats where we failed to see much of note. There were large numbers of Cormorants plus a few Gannets, a Fulmar and a couple of Red-throated Divers on the sea but no sign of any Caspian Gulls (Apparently one turned up in the afternoon). Back on the reserve after lunch the best bird was a very smart drake Smew plus at least 4 Redheads, and another Great White Egret. With news that the Yellowlegs was close to the road at Pett Pools we headed off there where the bird showed well. However photography was difficult in the gale that was blowing by then.

 Lesser Yellowlegs

 Lesser Yellowlegs



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