Trip Report: Dungeness RSPB Reserve

Weather: windy, cool, cloudy with sunny intervals

24 November 2022

Six of us enjoyed a memorable visit to this reserve set in the Dungeness shingle. At first we missed the shelter that the now demolished hides overlooking Burrowe’s Pit would have given from the strong winds. The wind restricted sightings of smaller birds, but we did see a few, and we found no waders except for lapwings, admittedly in large flocks. What made it memorable were excellent views of Marsh Harriers, male and female, Great White Egrets standing and flying, close views of a pair of Ravens on the ground. Then to cap it all, from the viewpoint we unexpectedly saw an Bittern flying in and out of the reeds.

Despite the lack of waders we clocked up 50 species:

Mute Swan
Egyptian Goose
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Great Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Black-headed Gull
Mallard
Gadwall
Pintail
Teal
Shoveler
Tufted Duck
Pochard
Goldeneye
Wigeon

Cormorant
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Coot
Great White Egret
Grey Heron
** Bittern
** Raven
Carrion Crow
Rook
Jackdaw
Magpie
Peregrine
Marsh Harrier
Kestrel
Lapwing

Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Goldcrest
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Chiffchaff
Cetti’s Warbler (h)
Pied Wagtail
Blackbird
Stonechat
Starling
Robin