What a mix of weather we have had here this week. A gorgeous sunny day yesterday to an extremely windy and wet day here today. Some interesting wildlife was seen this week including a slavonian grebe, jack snipe and even a very unseasonal peacock butterfly!
Brent goose – 2 at Denge Marsh on 26th
Smew – 2 drake 4 redhead Burrowes pit on 29th
Goldeneye –on Burrowes pit on 29th
Goosander – on Burrowes pit on 26th
Wigeon – at ARC on 25th
Red-crested pochard – drake at Scott hide on 24th
Black-necked grebe – at ARC on 28th
Slavonian grebe – at Dennis’s hide on 29th
Shag – 2 on Burrowes pit on 28th
Great white egret – at Denge Marsh on 28th
Bittern – at Denge Marsh on 26th
Peregrine – over Denge Marsh on 26th
Merlin – at ARC on 24th
Sparrowhawk – over car park on 29th
Hen harrier – ringtail from access track on 28th
Buzzard – over Denge Marsh on 25th
Water rail – on the dipping pond on 28th
Snipe – at Christmas dell on 21st
Jack Snipe – at ARC viewing screen on 28th
Long-eared owl – 2 roosting in willow on the far side of the dipping pond on 27th
Barn owl – at Denge Marsh on 20th
Kingfisher – at Burrowes pit on 29th
Green woodpecker – path near Burrowes pit on 21st
Chiffchaff – Near Burrowes pit on 29th
Bearded tit – at ARC on 24th
Penduline tit – from viewing ramp and then from Lydd footpath at Hookers pits on 24th
Long-tailed tit –ARC on 25th
Firecrest – between Scott and Christmas Dell on 28th
Goldcrest – Christmas Dell hide on 29th
Redpoll – at Denge Marsh on 24th
Raven – over Burrowes pit on 25th
Peacock butterfly – seen near Scott hide on 25th
Remember it's the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend! Don't forget to take part and enjoy bird watching in your own garden.
Thinking of buying binoculars or a telescope?
Whether you know a bit or don't know where to start, come to the RSPB Dungeness Visitor Centre on 31st January 2016 between 2pm and 4pm and get some hands on advice from our friendly team and have the chance to try them out.
Our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers and staff will be available to assist you.
If you cannot make this date, do not worry. Other demonstration dates are available and the visitor centre is open every day from 10am to 4pm if you should wish to drop by and take a look.
Forthcoing binocular and telescope demonstration events at RSPB Dungeness:
Sunday 31st January 2016 2pm to 4pm
Weds 3rd February 2016 10,30am to 12.30pm
Weds 10th February 2pm to 4pm
Weds 24th February 2pm to 4pm
Sat 5th March 10am to 4pm
Sun 6th March 10am to 4pm
Great ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch weekend on 30/31 January!
Stock up on feeders and bird food at the Dungeness shop.
We have a special offer at the moment - buy a premium suet ball feeder and 50 buggy suet balls for £15.25 - a saving of £10
Here are some of our bird feeder products in action on the reserve.
(Photos courtesy of Neil Obbard.)
Blue tit and great tit on a Dual suet feeder (£7.25)
Sparrow on a Clingers seed feeder (£11.99)
Greenfinch on Easy-clean seed feeder (small £14.99 medium £18.99)
The shop at the Visitor Centre at RSPB Dungeness is open every day from 10am to 4pm.