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RE: Dungeness

Originally posted today by Dave Ousey:


A possible first for Britain in the shape of an Acadian Flycatcher at Dungeness in Kent had a few pulses racing. Bit too far to go on the day it was found, due to traffic, work etc. So, a trip overnight was planned. Bob K driving, myself, Andy from Leigh and Steve from Hucknall all arranged to go to try to catch up with this mega rare species. Leaving Milnrow at midnight and arriving at Dungeness around 6-45am, just as the sun was about to rise. About 50 others birders were assembled looking over the birds last known feeding area in a small garden in this strange landscape. It was cold at first but it soon warmed up but alas, no sign of the flycatcher! A Hobby then a Merlin were seen out early morning hunting. News that the bird had been (possibly) seen at 7-30am didn't reach the pagers till 10-30am, so it was put down as a desperate twitcher`s mistake! We had a good search of the area but to no avail, it had gone. A Cattle Egret on the nearby RSPB Dungeness reserve was eventually seen along with 2 Great White Egrets and Little Egret all within 15 minutes (must be some kind of record??) The weather was lovely and sunny but, the previous night had been clear, so the bird had become a "one day job". My theory was that any bird that's name begins with an A at Dungeness should be left well alone, Audouin`s Gull etc. The journey home was a fairly difficult, I suppose it might have been better had we seen the bird though!
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Had a freeeezing cold and windswept walk around the Dungeness RSPB reserve last Wed April 3rd 10 - 1pm. Some cracking good hides there, but the lagoons were SO windswept I'm sure we would have seen more on a calmer day.

Numerous Shoveler, Tufted and several Gadwall.
100s of Black Headed and numerous black-backed gulls - honestly too windy to look through the scope for spotting Meds etc - eyes watering +++!

2 Redhead Smew - Normally Smew resident here in good numbers in Winter but most have left by now. Still alifer for me. smile

1 Bittern flew very close to the Christmas Dell Hide beating up against the wind so got a really great view.
4 Marsh Harrier similarly flying slowly against the wind, quartering the reedbeds - excellent viewing.
3 Brent Geese.
About 100 Widgeon

Also visited weird and wild Dungeness Point where we were amazed to see several (probably bottle nosed) dolphin rounding the point.

Previous day had been in similar but sunnier conditions to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with a fine colony of at least 200 Sandwich Tern, several Avocet and Redshank braving the cold, buy we missed a pair of Kentish Plover apparently.

Whole area really interesting for wildlife.


-- Edited by Paul Richardson on Sunday 7th of April 2013 07:19:54 PM


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Very good website:


Keep calm and carry on birding....
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