Saturday 18th January 2020

Great day trip to the Dungeness area with amazing bright, sunny weather and hardly a breath of wind. We kicked off with a herd of 23 TUNDRA (BEWICK’S) SWANS plus a flock of around 250 FIELDFARE out on Walland Marsh before arriving at the RSPB reserve.

The flooded pits held a smart drake SMEW, three GREAT EGRET and a multitude of wildfowl whilst the surrounding reedbeds and scrub produced two stunning FIRECRESTS including one bird that showed down to about 5 feet away! There was a supporting cast of 14 COMMON CHIFFCHAFFS, three BEARDED TITS, 10 CETTI’S WARBLERS and a cronking NORTHERN RAVEN.

After a welcome lunch we visited the coast and a seawatch yielded several RED-THROATED DIVERS, GUILLEMOTS, RAZORBILLS, NORTHERN GANNETS, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and four MEDITERRANEAN GULLS.

The final bird of the day was a stunning WESTERN BARN OWL that was quartering the fields as we left the area.