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Dungeness Day Out

I've nothing to report from the clifftop since my last post, too much weather, too cold for the moth trap, and a walk through a muddy HCPNR to Hastings a couple of days ago produced [literally] nothing of note.

However a nice bright day yesterday for my first Dungeness visit this year, stopping at Pett Level where I found just 6 Whitefronts , but 17 Ruffs.

A great selection of birds from the familiar Dungeness circuit: Long-tailed Duck [at Lade], 3 Smew including a handsome male, a male Goosander, Juv Glaucous Gull on Burrowes [but still looking for that Caspian Gull], Bittern at ARC Pit, 4 Great White Egrets but no Littles-we failed to find any on a recent Slow but Sure Cliff End-Rye walk also. The Black-throated Diver that has been around for some time was right in front of Denge Marsh hide [photo Peter Maton]. Not forgetting at least 150 Linnets and 50 Chaffinches in the bird crop field at Denge Marsh road.

A quick tour of Walland Marsh produced at least 40 Tree Sparrows and 40 Fieldfares.

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