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Charity Bird Race - this Saturday!

A charity birdwatching event, organised by RSPCA Mallydams Wood and Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, is taking place on Saturday 22nd September 2012.

Teams of up to 5 people race to find the most bird species in the RX area in one day.

The event will finish at 7.30pm at RSPCA Mallydams Wood for totals, refreshments and awards.

For more details and entry forms contact or


RSPB Dungeness sightings

pectoral sandpiper has been in residence in front of Firth hide for the past week.  Other waders of note include little stint, knot and greenshank. The great white egret remains on Denge Marsh and has been joined by a second bird on several days this week.  Hobby and common buzzard were seen over Denge Marsh yesterday and a single black tern was spotted over Burrowes pit.  A redstart was seen between Scott hide and Christmas Dell today.

Our final Moth morning of the year takes place tomorrow.  No need to book - just turn up at the Visitor Centre by  9.30am. Members £3, non-members £6.  We'll also be running an optics demo all weekend.



Sand Martins

This mornings cold wind concentrated the aerial insects behind natural windbreaks and over the water, so that was were the aerial insect eaters were. At the Long Pit there were at least 100 sand martins low over the water and a few house martins higher up, but I didn't see a single swallow. A difficult photo challenge and this sand martin was the best of about 50 atempts during my pre-breakfast relaxation.


Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning included 2 Little Gull at Ternery Pool, a Great Skua heading west offshore, a Merlin along Shore Ridges, at least 210 Curlew left the roost on Harbour Farm/West Beach. Flat Beach attracted 260 Dunlin, Little Stint, 3 Knot and 25 Ringed Plover. The usual flock of 60+ Yellow Wagatil are still lingering around Shore Ridges/West Beach during the first hour or so at day break, several Wheatears were present on Harbour Farm and at the Wader Pool.



Fishwatching Hide

The Denny Hide has very few birds nearby (although the distant waders are OK with a telescope), but it's still worth a visit and there was a Whistling Duck there today (possibly Fulvous). However, look closer and into the water there are shoals of small fish - in the shallow water today were a thousand or so small Mullet and when I tapped my feet the shoal moved and some appeared to jump out of the water. But closer inspection and a blurry photo showed these to be prawns jumping out of the water backwards!

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