Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Rose-Coloured Starling at Dungeness

Juvenile Rose-Coloured Starling.

Yesterday lunch time on the 19th September i heard there was a juvenile Rose-Coloured Starling near the moat at Dungeness showing well , i have never seen one in Kent before so was quite keen to try and see this one .

Rose-Coloured Starling all fluffed up.

I soon arrived at Dungeness and more or less was straight onto the Rose-Coloured Starling which was keeping company with approx 40 Starlings , it was mainly perched high up on one of the pylons but often dropped down behind the bushes onto the ground , great scope views of this cracking bird were obtained , this is my 6th new bird for Kent this year.

The Rose Coloured Starling at one point flew down near the road into the Obs and fed on the blackberries.

Feeding on backberries.

I really enjoyed watching this bird before i decided to pop into the Rspb reserve on the way back , from the Dennis hide i saw 1 Great White Egret plus i noticed a few waders nearer to the Firth hide which needed investigating so i headed of there.

Great White Egret.

I soon located the waders once i had settled into the Firth hide and they were 1 juv Little Stint , 3 Ringed Plver , 2 Common Snipe & 2 Dunlin. There was also another  Great White Egret which soon flew off towards the other end of Burrows Pit.

2nd Great White Egret.

I had a look from the Makepeace hide and added a single Pintail plus lots of Cormorants.


There were plenty of Chiffchaff in and around the bushes plus good numbers of Swallows passing overhead , another really enjoyable birding session.