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Dungeness RSPB 2016
Saturday COACH trip

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016 at 09:30

Details:

On a fine and sunny day 27 people set off on a coach from Braywick sports centre to Dungenss RSPB reserve. From the RSPB visitor centre we visited the six hides on the Purple Trail. There were Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warbler, Bearded Tits, Cuckoo, Cettis Warbler and Lapwings with chicks (very early) , a very few Waders were seen. We were serenaded along the way by Marsh Frogs calling from every pond.

We stayed at the centre until lunch time, then drove about a mile down the road to the Hanson ARC area which is part of the RSPB reserve. We split into two groups, one group saw swallows on the telegraph poles, the other group were more successful and saw Black Neck Grebe, Tree Sparrows, House Sparrow, with the sound of Cuckoo in the distance.

Then back on the coach for the short journey to the lighthouse and power station area, to do some sea watching. We saw Common Tern with other birds in the distance. The cafe was closed for refurbishment so we retired to the Britannia Pub.

As a group we recorded a total of 78 species, which is down on 2013 when we saw 92.

Leaving by coach at 4pm making two stops, one for the youngest member of the coach (he should drink less in future)!

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Dungeness, 7/5/2016, sunny periods

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Barnacle Goose

Brent Goose

Egyptian Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Mallard

Shoveler

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Pheasant

Gannet

Cormorant

Bittern (Heard)

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

Marsh Harrier

Sparrowhawk

Common Buzzard

Kestrel

Hobby

Moorhen

Coot

Oystercatcher

Lapwing

Ringed Plover

Dunlin

Common Sandpiper

Redshank

Snipe

Pomarine Skua

Little Tern

Sandwich Tern

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Dove

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Cuckoo

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Bearded Tit

Swallow

Cetti's Warbler

Long-tailed Tit

Willow Warbler

Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed warbler

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Robin

Wheatear

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

Yellow Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Linnet

Reed Bunting

77 Bird Species seen and 1 heard

Rabbit

Common Lizard

Marsh Frog

Smooth Newt

27 People