Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Off to a very sunny and windless Dungeness today. We started at the ARC pit where a Bittern showed well but distantly from the Hanson Hide. We then walked across the road and round the main part of the reserve. Near Boulderwall a Great White Egret and Little Egret could be seen and a lone White-fronted Goose flew over. A Buzzard plus another Great White and Little Egret were seen before another Bittern showed briefly in flight from the ramp. Two Smew including a Drake were seen from the Scott Hide. After lunch another Bittern showed well but again at some distance near the "Listening Ears" at Lade with another Buzzard. We then tried the patch where the first winter Glaucous Gull flew along the beach towards to the fishing boats. We failed to re-locate it but did see a few Razorbills on the sea from there . Finally back at the ARC another Bittern could be seen from the Hanson Hide with 2 being visible form the Screen Hide. So 4 Bitterns seen but none too close.We also saw a Butterfly today near the RSPB Visitor Centre but not well enough to identify the species.

White-fronted Goose
Wigeon at the ARC Pit


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