Saturday, 16 January 2016

16th January 2016 Pett & Dungeness

With colder temperatures in recent days we decided to visit Pett and Dungeness. The Geese at Pett included c.20 White-fronted Geese and 5 Ruff dropped in to the roadside pools. A check of Scotney produced a flock of 7 White-fronted Geese that soon departed west. Driving the track into Dungeness RSPB a Great White Egret was seen distantly on the excavations. It was then good to bump into Martin Casemore at Dungeness who kindly filled us in with recent news. We then met Bob Eade who picked out the roosting Long-eared Owl sat tight behind the dipping pond. We relocated to the point where there weren't many Gulls in evidence although the first-winter Caspian Gull put on a good show being tempted ever closer by bread. Another quick visit to the RSPB Reserve added Tree Sparrow. Heading back west to Pett produced our surprise of the day being a Great White Egret feeding on the small pit opposite Northpoint so well within Sussex.

White-fronted Geese c.20
Brent Geese c.6
Marsh Harrier 1
Ruff 5

 Eurasian White-fronted Geese at Pett
Ruff at Pett
White-fronted Geese 7

Great White Egret 1
Marsh Harrier 1
Long-eared Owl 1
Caspian Gull 1 first-winter
Tree Sparrow 1

Long-eared Owl

First-winter Caspian Gull at Dungeness

Great White Egret 1

Adult Great White Egret at Northpoint