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  • Blog Post: Migrants still on the move

    The undoubted highlight over the past few days was a flock of over 200 yellow wagtails and 50+ meadow pipits seen in the field by the entrance track yesterday. Swallows are still coming through in good numbers along with a few sand and house martins. Wheatear, stonechat, whinchat and chiffchaff were...
  • Blog Post: Winter swans fly in...

    A smew was on the ARC pit this morning, where one of our two (!) great white egrets was seen - the other being on Denge Marsh. A bittern was also seen and long-tailed tits, firecrest and goldcrest were in the Willow trail bushes. There was no sign of the long-tailed duck today although it was seen...
  • Blog Post: Spring's here and so is our first wheatear...

    Our first wheatear of the year was spotted yesterday and our second sand martin this morning. Add to this a booming bittern at Hooker's pits from Monday onwards, a drake garganey on the lake near Boulderwall Farm, the long-staying long-tailed duck still on Burrowes pit and three great white egrets...
  • Blog Post: Another unusual wader

    A pectoral sandpiper was found at the ARC site on Thursday evening and has been around ever since. Also at the ARC site today were two little stints and a Sandwich tern. Elsewhere on the reserve great white egret, hobby, merlin and kingfisher provided the highlights.
  • Blog Post: Hanson Hide Clearance and the Pectoral Sandpiper!

    Yesterday was a really busy day for the volunteer workparty as we set about clearing the vegetation in front of Hanson Hide. Over the summer the vegetation had flourished and was now starting to impede the viewing spectacle from the hide. After several hours with a brushcutter, shears, rakes and pitchforks...
  • Blog Post: Little ringed plover

    The first little ringed plover of the season was spotted at the eastern end of the ARC pit yesterday morning. The long-tailed duck was on Burrowes pit and a drake garganey was on the Denge Marsh flood - visible from the gate on the bridle track to the left of Denge Marsh hide. A bittern was seen but...
  • Blog Post: Iceland gull pays us a visit...

    Unsurprisingly given the weather conditions there were no new migrants reported yesterday but the spoonbill was still with us, a male garganey was seen at Denge Marsh and a little ringed plover was at the ARC site. A much better day today with a first winter Iceland gull on Burrowes pit and the first...
  • Blog Post: Sightings, 8th and 9th December

    A drake ring-necked duck was found on New Excavations this afternoon. Also of note over the weekend were Bewick's swan, smew, goosander, black-throated diver, bittern, great white egret, common buzzard, avocet and siskin.
  • Blog Post: A purple heron at last...

    But not one of 'ours' it seems, as the bird spotted at Denge Marsh this morning appears to be a first-summer bird ie hatched last year. It was a while before the bird was seen again, when it popped up briefly from the reedbed but later in the day (before the rain came) it did treat a few lucky...
  • Blog Post: Sunshine on a cloudy day

    On a grey and cold day things were brightened no end by a male brambling that hung around the feeding station from early morning until dusk. Another splash of colour was provided by a kingfisher at Denge Marsh, where a bittern was also seen. Small flocks of siskins have been seen flying over throughout...
  • Blog Post: This week's highlights

    Pintail – three on the ARC pit on 22nd. Goldeneye – two on the ARC pit on 22nd. Black-throated diver – one on New Diggings on 19th. Bittern – one or two seen at Denge Marsh on most days. Great white egret – one on Denge Marsh or Burrowes pit all week. Golden plover –...
  • Blog Post: Pallas's warbler still here

    A smashing male black redstart was flitting around the car park and on and off the Visitor Centre roof this morning. A pectoral sandpiper was found at Denge Marsh and the glossy ibis remained in the Denge Marsh/ New Excavations area. The two great white egrets spent most of the day on Burrowes pit where...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns, black-tailed godwits....

    Denge Marsh was the place to be today with eleven black-tailed godwits. Bitterns were also in evidence flying from ARC and other parts of the reserve to the Denge Marsh/Hookers's pits area. Four hobbies were also flying over Denge Marsh and later over the return trail and ARC. On ARC cuckoos could...
  • Blog Post: Pectoral sandpiper on Denge Marsh

    A pectoral sandpiper was found on Denge Marsh, late morning. This is only our second May record of this scarce visitor. Also on Denge Marsh were three whimbrel, two curlews and a greenshank. Four hobbies were seen over Hooker's pits, where the bittern was booming. Another hobby could be found alongside...
  • Blog Post: A good start...

    The day started well with the two black redstarts on the Visitor Centre roof. As I crossed the car park the pinging call of bearded tits drew me towards the demo pond and, lo and behold, after a couple of minutes four extremely smart males came out and perched briefly at the edge of the reeds. Yesterday's...
  • Blog Post: A fine May Day...

    Two fine days in a row and there's been plenty to see right across the reserve. Whitethroats, sedge and reed warblers can be fouind in most areas of suitable habitat and the occasional lesser whitethroat can also be seen, or more often heard. There seems to have been plenty of birds on the move over...
  • Blog Post: What a day!

    A fantastic day today and a fantastic list of sightings! Early visitors to the ARC site were treated to views of smew, goldeneye, long-tailed duck, a bittern and two great white egrets. Later in the day two kingfishers were also seen here. Duck numbers are starting to build on Burrowes pit with plenty...
  • Blog Post: Wildfowl numbers still rising

    Bewick's swan numbers on the ARC pit rose to 60+ in the middle of the week and a single whooper swan was spotted with them on the 8th. With most of the pits frozen over on Sunday 15 goosanders and 21 smew were gathered on New Diggings. Although yesterday's snow meant we didn't have many visitors...
  • Blog Post: The wind chill is back....

    The wind chill is back with the easterly winds but the sun is shining. The bittern started the day with his booming at Denge Marsh. A female redstart was spotted on the car park feeders by an early birder. A dozen or so yellow wagtails entertained visitors a short distance from the visitor centre. Other...
  • Blog Post: A slow trickle of migrants...

    The first two swallows of the season were seen yesterday and a single bird and a house martin were spotted today. Four white wagtails and a water pipit were at the eastern end of the ARC pit and a garganey was also at the ARC site. A chiffchaff was once again singing from the car park bushes. Around...
  • Blog Post: Plenty on the move today...

    It took a bit of finding but the ring-necked duck is still here, although only visible from the Springfield Bridge on Dengemarsh road. Also at Denge Marsh were a pair of garganey and a whimbrel. Christmas Dell was full of singing warblers - Cetti's, sedge, willow and chiffchaff, whilst at the ARC...
  • Blog Post: First garganey of the year

    Three garganey were on Burrowes pit yesterday - two were seen from Makepeace hide and one from the Visitor Centre. The glaucous gull put in a brief appearance and an avocet was spotted from Scott hide. A black-necked grebe was on the ARC pit, a red kite flew over at about 9.30 and a merlin was seen near...
  • Blog Post: A wader kind of day...

    Today four green sandpipers were at ARC viewing screen, a little ringed plover at Dennis's hide and nine black-tailed godwits flew from Denge Marsh to Burrowes pit. A cuckoo was herd along the return trail.
  • Blog Post: Wryneck

    A wryneck was found feeding at the edge of the Lydd footpath west of Hooker's pits yesterday morning. I was lucky enough to get a look at it at about 6.30pm although it wasn't the most satisfactory of views as it was tucked up in a gorse bush by this time. This morning it has moved to the scrubby...
  • Blog Post: Breeding success...

    On Tuesday we were delighted to hear that visitors had spotted a tiny common tern chick peeking out from under its mother on a raft at Denge Marsh. The rafts are proving very popular this year, with nesting pairs well into double figures, so it looks like this could be the best breeding season at Dungeness...