Ray O'Reilly, KOS Outdoor Meetings Organiser, writes 

“I led the June 2022 Kent Ornithological Society Field Trip on Sunday June 19th,  and our location was a very attractive Dungeness peninsula, that in my opinion looks its best in June, with a myriad of wild flowers, especially the numerous and very beautiful Viper's Bugloss. 

We started the pretty chilly morning off with a seawatch where the going was slow, but 7 Common Scoter close in shore, several milling Gannets vied for our attention among Common and Sandwich Terns as well as Mediterranean Gulls in a variety of plumages.

 Our walk up the beach towards the Denge Gully was rewarded with two sets of fine views of a Peregrine and further studies of gulls and terns.

 Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoise were observed before we headed off to the ARC Pit on the RSPB reserve.  Here we found an unusually plumaged male Reed Bunting (see photo, thanks to Yuti! ),  Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet and Ringed Plover. 

We spent a long time watching two Glossy Ibis.  One was a superb adult in full breeding plumage,  the other was seen snagging a large leech that wriggled in its bill.

Many Common Swifts with a few Swallows and House Martins intermixed were hawking low over the water coming extremely close by.

We had lunch at Dungeness Bird Observatory and then headed onto the reserve proper for an increasingly windy afternoon.  A lone sun-bleached basic plumaged Grey Plover was another unusually plumaged bird that was befriending a Bar-tailed Godwit on Burrows Pit. 

We admired some immaculate Common Gulls in fine breeding dress and watched a Hobby catching dragonflies.  Three Cattle Egrets were found near Hookers Pit and Yellow Wagtail, Bearded Tit and Great White Egret were added to our daily total of 76 species.

We were delighted to also see insects that included Silver Y Moth, Small Heath and Small Skipper Butterflies but we just couldn't nail the Hawker type Dragonflies that were too quick for us!   Too soon the day was over and we were heading back home.”

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