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Thursday, 4 February 2016

East Sussex & Dungeness 4/2/16

An excellent day with Josh from Hove in the east of the county, Dungeness and slowly working our way back along the coast.

First up was Pett where the Ibis showed straight away but otherwise it was quiet here. As it was high tide we headed straight for Dungeness Point where Gulls were the main focus, and they didn't disappoint. The RSPB reserve produced the obvious highlights and back towards Scotney there were some wild Geese. I hadn't been to Combe Valley before but a flood there held two flighty Water Pipits, and lastly at an undisclosed location a ringtail Hen Harrier showed reasonably well. A very good day in spring-like conditions where temperatures reached a balmy 15 degrees. 

Yesterday in the Cuckmere was a Jack Snipe, Tide Mills had a Jack Snipe, Black Redstart and Spotted Redshank and the western breakwater in Newhaven Harbour held 5 Purple Sandpiper and 60 Dunlin

Pett Pools
Glossy Ibis - 1

Dungeness Point/RSPB Reserve
Caspian Gull - 1 first-winter
Glaucous Gull - 1 first-winter
Tree Sparrow - 5
Great White Egret - 2
Long-eared Owl - 2
Firecrest - 2
Smew - 2 (1 drk)
Bearded Tit - 2

Scotney GP
White-fronted Geese - 30

Combe Valley 
Water Pipit - 2
Bullfinch - 2
Yellowhammer - 3

Undisclosed Location
Hen Harrier - 1 fem
Short-eared Owl - 1
Water Rail - 2

Glossy Ibis at Pett
Glaucous Gull at Dunge
Caspian Gull at Dunge
Long-eared Owl at Dungeness




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