Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Great Wader Day at....Dungeness

                                   27th July 2019 :  Dungeness Rspb & Arc

                                                Firth & Hanson Hides

4 Wood Sandpipers

A trip to Dungeness on Saturday proved a very good choice as the overnight bad weather had grounded good numbers of waders on the reserve, i missed the early birds but through the day i managed to catch up with most of them.

One of the main highlights for me was Wood Sandpiper which are one of my favourite waders and i managed to see at least 9 birds together on the Arc pit from the Hanson hide .

8 Wood Sandpipers

The most i could get in one photo was 8 birds , here are a few more photos.

5 Wood Sandpipers.

Being spooked by a Tern.

Wood Sandpiper in front of Firth Hide.

Wood Sandpiper.

Later in the day 2 Temminck's Stints were located in front of the Firth Hide.

2 Temminck'c Stints.

I really enjoyed watching these smart birds as they fed busily in front of the hide, Little ringed Plover & Common Sandpiper were keeping these birds company.

Other highlights through the day were 6 Spotted Redshanks (Firth hide) & 3 Curlew Sandpipers (Hanson hide).

6 Spotted Redshank.

Curlew Sandpiper.

A real wader spectacle with my personal total of 17 different wader species out of 22 reported , add that to the several Great white Egrets and hundreds of Sand & House Martins , a single Hobby plus several Marsh Harriers i would say Dungeness was a great place to be on Saturday.

Wader Totals

  Oystercatcher  10+

                     Little Ringed Plover  2 (Firth)

Ringed Plover  2 

                     Golden Plover  50   (over Arc)

Lapwing  500+   

                         Temminck's Stint  2 Ad (Firth) 

                                Curlew Sandpiper  3 Ad (Hanson) 

                           Dunlin  2  (Firth & Hanson)        

                           Ruff  10+    (Firth & Hanson)      

                      Black tailed Godwit  3+ (Firth)

          Whimbrel  1  (over Arc)

       Turnstone  3+  (Firth)

                                  Spotted Redshank 6+ (Firth & Hanson)

                          Redshank  300+ (Firth & Hanson)

                          Greenshank  11+  (Firth & Hanson)

                              Wood Sandpiper  9+ (Firth & Hanson)

                                    Common Sandpiper  10+  (Firth & Hanson)

Great white Egret & Common Tern.