Thursday, 14 January 2016

Off to sunny Dungeness today where it started fairly calm but got windier and cloudier as the day wore on. We started at the ARC pit but decided to walk over the road to look for the drake Smew reported near Boulderwall Farmhouse. We didn't see it till later but my friend spotted a Glaucous Gull, the first one for Dunge this winter. It flew off in a southerly direction. Tree Sparrows were on the Boulderwall feeders. Back at the Hanson Hide a Bittern showed well in the sun on the far bank and 3 Goldeneye were noted. Returning to the main part of the reserve I  added Great White and Little Egret to my day list and 5 Smew were seen including the drake. The Long-eared Owl showed well behind the Dipping Pond. After lunch the news came through that the Glaucous Gull was present on the shore by the Fishing Boats. We hurried over and had prolonged close views of this Gull in bright light. Dengemarsh Road produced about 3 Marsh Harriers before we finished at the patch where 3 adult Little Gulls were seen. (Two Glaucous Gulls were reported at the Fishing Boats in the late afternoon.)

Glaucous Gull (1st Winter)

 Long-eared Owl

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