Friday, 18 November 2016

Not many moths to report and nothing new for the year. Went down to Dungeness for another wet and very windy day. We started at the ARC where 2 Marsh Harriers, a Great White Egret and a Chiffchaff were noted and the Ring-necked Duck was still showing well near Boulderwall. We then sat out the heavy rain in the RSPB visitor centre from where at least 2 Caspian Gulls could be seen in front of the Firth Hide. After lunch we looked along Kerton Road where the unusual Stonechat was seen again but we had no luck with the Dartford Warblers. Back on the reserve the Long-eared Owl could be seen roosting behind the dipping pond. The rain drove us back to the centre from where, after a period of horizontal lash, we finally made it to the Firth Hide. Here 4+ Caspian Gulls, showing all ages from 1st Winter to Adult, were in front of the hide. A Yellow-legged Gull, Great White Egret and another Chiffchaff were also noted. As we left the reserve the Cattle Egret showed briefly in flight near the cows at Boulderwall, and along the Dengemarsh Road the 2 Bewick's Swans were still present with Mutes there. 

Ring-necked Duck

Caspian Gull (Adult)

Caspian Gull (2nd Winter)

1 comment:

  1. Despite the rain a good day out with some fine shots Pete..