Monday, 22 August 2011

Dungeness - Saturday 20th - A nice find!

I picked up Frank and Vivienne at around 6.30 and we arrived at the Old Lighthouse around 7.15, we were planning a quick seawatch then a look around the trapping area. Heading towards the power station wall there were several WHEATEAR and PIED WAGTAILS, whilst looking at these Vivienne drew my attention to a bird sat out on a bramble about 30 yards away it was a WRYNECK! what a great start to the day, I made a couple of calls and within 20 minutes or so a few people started to arrive.
We never got to the sea! instead, took sometime around the bushes. There were as ever loads of WHITETHROATS, which included 6 LESSER WHITETHROAT, there were several WILLOW WARBLER and YELLOW WAGTAILS were going over regularly, one flock of around 30 being the biggest while we were there. We also had two or three SPARROWHAWK around the trapping area. Moving on to the reserve we had a steady trickle of SAND MARTINS with a few SWALLOWS mixed in. The highlights here included a GREENSHANK and COMMON SAND. (Burrowe's), 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK (Dengemarsh), 2 HOBBIES and a calling WHIMBREL (near Christmas Dell), 3 GARGANEY and the GREAT WHITE EGRET  (also Dengemarsh). When we left the Dengemarsh Hide a LESSER EMPEROR DRAGONFLY whizzed by, my first in this country. We stood at the ramp for a while hoping to glimpse Bearded Tits but unfortunately they were just heard a couple of times. Our last stop was just across the road at ARC pits, we settled down in Hanson hide. The flock of 60 or so GOLDEN PLOVER were there with loads of LAPWINGS on the islands, some of the Golden Plover looking particularly good in their summer get up! Also on the islands were 67 KNOT, 6 DUNLIN and the long staying female GOOSANDER. A longer look around produced 1 LITTLE GULL sitting with a small group of Black Headed, as we were thinking about leaving a PEREGRINE scattered the birds from the islands and gave chase to the Dunlin, it gave up quite quickly and drifted passed the hide, 70 species for the day was a satisfying total. On the way home we spotted a Hare just outside Lydd. All in all a really productive day with some great company, good birds and weather to match.
BREAKING NEWS!!- there maybe photos on this blog again in the near future!!!!!


Warren Baker said...

Ive never seen a Wryneck Alan :-)
Look forward to seeing some photo's soon then :-)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Warren, the Wryneck was a great surprise, although I didn't take my camera on Saturday :-(

The computer is all done so hopefully, time allowing I'll get some phohtos on tonight.

Steve Ashton said...

Well found Allan, not the most obliging Wryneck I have come across, but a smart bird all the same. You had a good day Saturday, Sunday was a lot quieter.

Mike H said...

Yes I agree with Steve,you must be well pleased.I took a trip down there today but did not locate the Wryneck although I notice it has been reported today. Weather was not good with light drizzle most of the day.

Greenie said...

Allan ,
Would loved to have seen that Wryneck , I too have never seen one .
Great day total , and always nice to see a Hare .
Look forward ti pictures soon .

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Steve, Thanks, I don't find many birds, so this was a bonus!

Hi Mike, it felt like my little run of luck on the patch had just continued on a bit in this outing! It was a good day, it's a shame it wasn't showing when you were there.

Hi Greenie, I have been quite lucky with Wryneck over the years, one at Sissinghurst was the biggest surprise in 2002.

We were lucky there was a good amount around and the weather helped things along too.