24th March 2012 - Allhallows and Dungeness

Unfortunately due to a rather large hangover, I had had to miss the previous trip to Allhallows, meaning Stuart was now ahead of me in the Year List.  Luckily he had coerced his lovely friend Naomi into a weekend of birdwatching when she came down to visit us and first stop on the Saturday was Allhallows.  However, the foggiest fog I have ever been in had descended and we could barely see five foot in front of us, let alone see any birds. 

Look at the fog!

All around us there were Skylarks singing, Reed Buntings calling and ducks quacking, but we couldn't see a single one.  As we trundled round the fog slowly began to lift, so we ended up with 18 species, but none of the ones we had come to see!  We then scrapped our plans of North Kent birding and headed south to Dungeness, stopping for an ice cream and a quick visit to Pets At Home on the way.  Amazingly, it was sunny, warm and fogless at Dungeness, completely unexpected! 

Sun at Dungeness?  Am I in a parallel universe?

The first thing we heard when getting out of the car was a call of 'Black Redstart!' so we went over and spotted him on the fence, a lifer for me.  The day carried on in such form, with the first Linnet of the year for me, a resighting of the Long-tailed Duck, first Common Gull this year and a first Curlew.  We unfortunately missed the Little Ringed Plover, but plenty of time left to see one.

Cute Oystercatcher.



Allhallows
Dungeness Beach
Dungeness RSPB
1
Blue Tit
Black Redstart – NEW FOR LIFE LIST!
Grey Heron
2
Greenfinch
Brent Goose
Oystercatcher
3
Magpie
Great-crested Grebe
Tufted Duck
4
House Sparrow
Peregrine
Cormorant
5
Meadow Pipit
Black-headed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
6
Reed Bunting
Meadow Pipit
Shoveler
7
Coot
House Sparrow
Long-tailed Duck
8
Blackbird
Linnet
Shelduck
9
Starling
Pied Wagtail
Coot
10
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Mapgie
Great Tit
11
Moorhen
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
12
Mallard
Herring Gull
Common Gull
13
Carrion Crow
Blackbird
Gadwall
14
Collared Dove
Great Black-backed Gull
Teal
15
Dunnock
Starling
Lapwing
16
Great Tit
Cormorant
Great Crested Grebe
17
Chaffinch

Marsh Harrier
18
Pheasant

Little Grebe
19


Wigeon
20


Goldeneye
21


Canada Goose
22


Greylag Goose
23


Pochard
24


Curlew
25


Linnet
26


Chaffinch
27


Reed Bunting
28


Tree Sparrow
My year list for 2012 comes to 107.


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