Monday 15 May 2017

No Woodchat...But Plenty of Hobby at Dungeness

Iceland Gull on the Beach.

On Saturday morning the 13th May i decided to try and see the Woodchat Shrike which was seen the previous evening at Dungeness near South View , to be honest i wasn't to optimistic it would still be there and my lack of confidence proved correct unfortunately.

Still i always enjoy a visit to Dungeness as there is normally always something to see , after spending a short time dipping the Shrike (i did see 2 Wheatears there) so not a complete waste of time , i headed to the patch and had some decent views of the lingering Iceland Gull which was roosting on the beach and every now and again flying over 'The Boil'.

From here i had a look around the Long Pits and added Cuckoo to my year list plus i heard & saw Common Whitethroat , Blackcap , Lesser Whitethroat , Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff.

Summer Plumage Grey Plover.

I called into the Rspb reserve and once again saw the Iceland Gull which had followed me there from the  patch !!!

Plus i also saw a stunning summer plumage Grey Plover which had a Dunlin for company , otherwise it was fairly quite from the hides , on my way out of the reserve by Cooks pool i noticed a low flying Hobby so i decided to try and get a photo of this cracking Falcon.


There were at least 6 Hobby hunting over the pool and i really enjoyed watching these stunning birds , i also added at least 7 Common Swifts to my year list.

Common Swift.

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