Dungeness

Dungeness

Dungeness
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  • Weekend sightings 23/24 April 2016

    Here's a quick list of wildlife sightings we had over the weekend:

    (Tundra) Bean goose – from viewing ramp at Hookers   

    Egyptian goose – at Denge Marsh

    Bittern – booming at Denge Marsh   

    Peregrine – over Burrowes pit   

    Marsh harrier – over Denge Marsh

    Buzzard – over Burrowes pit 

    Honey Buzzard – over Burrowes pit   

    Whimbrel – 10 by Entrance Track     

    Greenshank –2 on Hay Fields  

    Redshank – 2 on Hay Fields

    Dunlin – 10 over Burrowes pit  

    Common tern – over Burrowes pit

    Cuckoo – at ARC

    Sand martin – over Burrowes pit    

    House martin – over Burrowes pit    

    Swallow – over Burrowes pit   

    Swift – over Burrowes pit

    Sedge Warbler – many around the reserve      

    Yellow wagtail – at dipping pond    

    Linnet – many around the reserve

    Stoat – by entrance track

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    Save 20% on selected squirrel buster feeders at RSPB Dungeness (visitor centre open every day from 10am to 5pm)

    Offer ends 26/04/16

    Brilliantly designed bird seed and nut feeders that do away with the need for a guardian as an internal weight-activated mechanism covers the feeding ports whenever a squirrel arrives.

    To ensure the weight mechanism of this feeder can work as designed, please make sure it is positioned at least 2 metres away from any potential jumping-off point, such as a tree, fence, post or wall, and out of squirrels' reach across from any adjacent feeder.

     

    Squirrel buster mini seed feeder

    Mesh construction suits birds that cling or perch. Height 30 cm - Capacity 350-450 g (depending on seed type)

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    Squirrel buster nut and nibble feeder

    It's brilliantly made, flexible (set it to favour smaller birds if you wish) and easy to dismantle and clean.

    It holds a generous 750 ml of shelled peanuts, and the longer base area allows woodpeckers to grip and join the feast. Also suitable for suet nibbles. Measures 49 cm tall.

    Regular price £38.99

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    Squirrel buster plus seed feeder

    It's brilliantly made, flexible (the trigger weight can be set to favour smaller birds if you wish) and easy to dismantle and clean.

    Can be used without the green perch ring, if undesirable species use it to their advantage. A ventilation system keeps food fresh and six ports feed several birds at once. Height 50 cm - Capacity 1.5-1.9 kg (depending on seed type)

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  • Dungeness weekly update 8th - 15th April

    Good news, our return trail has now been opened! Although last night’s rain has made it a little bit wetter than we would of liked, it’s safe to walk down it now, with just a small diversion over a large puddle – just bring sensible footwear! The willow trail at the ARC is still closed for the time being though as it is still flooded.

    Many of our sheep in the fields next to the return trail have given birth to their lambs, so look out for the bouncy woolly babies on your way around the trail.

    Photo: Dungeness sheep - Louise Kelly


    Today's sightings:


    A beautiful black necked grebe on Burrowes pit, with views of it diving from the visitor centre.

    Marsh harriers over the reserve. Sand martins and swallows braving the rain.

    Common terns on Burrowes pit. Bearded tits at Hooker's pit.

    Wildlife highlights of the week include:

    Warblers everywhere! We’ve had a garden warbler spotted at Scott’s hide on the 10th April, sedge warblers and reed warblers seen at Denge Marsh yesterday and a willow warbler seen there the day before.

    We’ve also had wheatears, redstarts, whitethroat and lesser whitethroats, blackcaps, redpolls as well as a pied flycatcher at the ARC on the 12th and 2 yellow wagtails at Denge Marsh on the 10th.

    Lots of waders are starting to arrive at the reserve with greenshank and redshank seen at Denge Marsh on the 14th, whimbrel at Denge Marsh and ringed plover and oystercatcher on Burrowes pit on the 9th. Swallows are now sighted every day here which is lovely, although we are still waiting on many more to arrive and eat our midges!

    Stoats, water voles, weasels and a grass snake have all been seen around the trail too!

    The main highlight this week though, has to be the white stork which flew over the reserve on the 10th April, it sent up all the birds on Burrowes pit as it was had such an ominous figure.

    The white stork is a large wading bird and has a strong body which measures 100-115 centimetres from beak tip to tail end and weighs 2.5-4.4 kilograms. It has a wingspan of 195-215 centimetres and flaps its huge, broad wings as little as possible in flight to conserve energy. The stork uses warm thermals in the air to aid its flight, particularly during migration. When flying between Africa and Europe it avoids the Mediterranean Sea because no air thermals occur above it, and take the long way round across the land.

    Photo: white stork - Yu Jeen (wikimedia commons)