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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dungeness, 14th March 2017

A rare venture out of Surrey saw Magnus A and I head to Dungeness for a day's birding. Highlights included two 2cy Iceland Gulls at The Patch, where there were two 2cy Caspian Gulls. A Black Redstart and a Chiffchaff were around the Old Lighthouse. Later on, we had one of the Icelands and another 2cy Caspian on the RSPB reserve. We spied one of the Long-eared Owls hiding away behind the dipping pool near the RSPB visitor centre and the New Diggings held two Slavonian Grebes and a Black-necked Grebe, which was moulting through to summer nick. Other highlights on the reserve included a Great White Egret, a Raven and a spectacular show as two Marsh Harriers seemed to perform a series of mock food-passes. A flock of 130 Stock Doves was at Dengemarsh and a Ruff was showing on Burrowes Pit. A quick late afternoon seawatch produced four Red-throated Divers, a surprise Great Northern Diver and a handful of Guillemots.

Black Redstart
2cy Iceland Gull
Slavonian Grebe
Ring-necked Duck
Long-eared Owl
Raven
Three of seven Turnstones on the beach
Red-throated Diver