Friday, 9 January 2015

9th January, 2015 Pett Level, Scotney, and Dungeness

Our first stop was at Pett Level, when just as we arrived the Lesser Yellowlegs flew in and landed close to us on the road-side pools and we spent the next 90 minutes watching it on these pools. Also a selection of common waders and dabbling ducks with 2 Peregrines, 2 Marsh Harriers, and 22 Brent Geese.

Lesser Yellowlegs with 2 Dunlin at Pett Level



Lesser Yellowlegs at Pett Level

Dunlin at Pett Level


Male Marsh Harrier Pett Level

We next stopped off at Scotney Gravel Pit and located the 2 Black-necked Grebes but were unable to pick out the Scaup. Also good numbers of common ducks and feral Geese including a sizable flock of Barnacle Geese including a couple of hybrid Emperor type Geese.

Black-necked Grebe on Scotney

Stopping briefly along the Dengemarsh Road, Dungeness to photograph the long-staying 2 Cattle Egrets.

Cattle Egrets along Dengemarsh Road, Dungeness.

Our final visit was to the Dungeness R.S.P.B Reserve visiting The ARC and Burrows Pits and saw the following:
Goldeneye 7
Smew 2 (1 drake)
Ruddy Duck 1 drake
Marsh Harrier 2
Great-white Egret 3
Kingfisher 1
Chiffchaff 1
Plus the usual common ducks.

Kingfisher being eye-up by a Great Tit

Kingfisher on ARC Pit

Drake Ruddy Duck

 Goldeneyes on ARC Pit.



Great White Egrets at Dungeness.