|Grey Heron on the RM Canal at Warehorne.|
At Dungeness, the south end of ARC pit held a migrant Turnstone, female Wheatear and a pair of Common Terns. Not much noted on the sea during a brief look so off to the RSPB reserve. Many Hobbies and Marsh Harriers, 2 Ringed Plovers over the visitor centre, Tree Sparrow and Sedge Warblers were noted, while Dengemarsh, viewed from Springfield Bridge revealed a Bar-headed Goose with the Greylag flock, a flyby drake Garganey, Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail and 2+ Common Buzzards amongst the many Hobbies and Marsh Harriers. Singles of Little Egret and Grey Heron too.
|Bar-headed Goose at Dengemarsh, in fields by Springfield Bridge.|
We then ventured back inland along the RM Canal, noting Common Buzzard at Stone Cliff, Yellowhammer, and 2 more Yellow Wagtails near Appledore. Plenty of birds singing in Park Wood, despite the early afternoon - 5+ Nightingales plus singing Garden Warbler and Blackcaps. It was here that I got a call from MH (many thanks) saying that a/the Bee-eater had been re/found back at Dunge. A diversion back to the coast was on, spotting a further Buzzard enoute. Joining the crowds along the road between the lifeboat station and the fishing boats the Bee-eater was soon located on the telegraph wires, catching bees and other insects. The light was tricky (glare and heat haze) but the bird was easily identifiable through a telescope. Just before 3pm the bird took off, headed south, circled high and then double-backed to the north, flying along the coastline towards Lade Sands and beyond. With smiles all round, it was nice to catch up with a few of the locals before heading back home, via a quick final stop at Lydd Airport, where a Yellow Wagtail (a good day for this species) was on telegraph wires.