17th January - Dungeness

The first Norfolk trip of the year happened on the last weekend in January.  We went down to Dungeness with Oliver Simms from NGB, first stopping at the fishing boats to look for a Caspian Gull that had been hanging around for a while.  Ollie was a star and on it in seconds, whereas I was still mostly asleep and asking why that Cormorant flying out to sea had a white arse.  It was a Brent Goose.  Wow, I'm embarrassing.  A few more birds were picked up flying past out to sea, including Gannet, Great Crested Grebe and a little closer in, Kittiwake.

Caspian Gull 
Along to the RSPB reserve for the next part of the day and after a large flock of Knot went over, the next bird we saw was a UK lifer for Stuart and I!  The Long-eared Owl that had been there for a while was kindly sat in a bush at the back of the first pond and I swear it had the face of a cat.  I may still have not woken up at that point though.  The list from round the reserve was over 40 species, with a delightful Chiffchaff, flying Bittern and perched Kingfisher the highlights for me.  We also popped to Scotney and Walland Marsh for their respective goose and swan populations but only succeeded in adding Kestrel to the day list.

Year list: 112
Lifers this year: 8


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