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An Alpine swift was seen near Boulderwall Farm early this afternoon. It flew towards Hooker's pits then back towards the farm but has not been seen since. Also of note today - plenty of yellow wagtails and sedge warblers, whitethroat, blackcap, swallows and a possible penduline tit (heard but not...
17 Apr 2013
Garganey and swift..
On Denge Marsh today were two drake and one female garganey. A solitary swift was over Burrowes pit and eight yellow wagtails near the visitor centre. Otherwise ARC hosted a red-throated diver and two great white egrets.
16 Apr 2013
The unusual sighting for today....
The unusual sighting for today was a red-throated diver on ARC pit. Bittern and great white egret are still appearing regularly, with the egret at ARC and the bittern at Denge Marsh today. Of the smaller birds there were views of swallow, house martin and sand martin over ARC pit and blackcap and long...
12 Apr 2013
On this calm day...
On this calm day, the first in a while, it has been a day for small birds:- Swallows over Burrowes pit and ARC pit and house martins over Hooker's pits. Blackcap and goldcrest near Scott hide, chiffchaff and willowwarbler at ARC, yellow wagtail at the demo pond and sedge warbler at Hooker's pits...
11 Apr 2013
Following on from the news of a booming bittern it was a day for spoonbills. Two were on Burrowes pit, showing nicely for the first visitors to the centre, and a third one was on either Denge Marsh or the ARC pit. For those who took a stroll along the footpath to Lydd near Hooker's pits there were...
10 Apr 2013
Listen out for the bull of the bog
Rising early this morning, staff spent a cold two and a half hours from 5am scattered around our reedbed areas on the Dungeness reserve. ‘Why?’ you ask? Because this morning we carried out our first coordinated bittern booming count to find out how many boomers we have on site. Male bitterns...
10 Apr 2013
After a rainy start....
After a rainy start the sun came out and brought with it some migrant sand martins, a house martin and a swallow to the ARC pit. The spoonbill also hung around and was viewable on the fields opposite Christmas dell in the afternoon. Bitterns, as they have been over the last few days, are more visible...
9 Apr 2013
Spoonbill....A good day...
It has been a good day so far at Dungeness with a spoonbill at Denge Marsh until 3pm when it headed towards ARC pit. Plus two bitterns seen directly from Denge Marsh hide regularly and a third seen flying towards Hooker's pits. Some winter birds are still here (smew - 8 redheads and two drakes) but...
8 Apr 2013
It has been a blustery day here at Dungeness, so many birds are taking shelter. However, there have still been good views of marsh harriers, smew, goldeneye and great white egrets on Burrowes pit. A solitary black-tailed godwit was spotted at the far end of ARC but otherwise little in the way of migrants...
5 Apr 2013
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