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Rye Harbour Sightings

 Lots of birds still on Flat Beach flood, the bulk made up of over 800 golden plover, about 150 lapwing, 120 oystercatcher and around 75 wigeon. Still good numbers of little egret, with 16 birds  present today, while at least one little stint was amongst the dunlin and a bar-tailed godwit was feeding with a small group of curlew on the new saltmarsh. In addition, at least two wheatear were present in front of Wader Pool hide late morning, while a few siskin and redpoll passed through overhead.       


Roving tit flocks

In the scrubby areas at Castle Water this week I have encountered several roving tit flocks. Long-tailed Tits make up the bulk ot the flocks and give away their presence by their contact calls. This morning while approaching the hide I was lucky enough to have a flock cross in front of me. The pecking order went like this, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrest and a Firecrest. Its amazing to see what species join these flocks and I suppose dependant on what habitat you happen to be in. The suprise bird for me this morning was the Treecreeper. The wood at the northern end of the main pit is normally the only place to reliably find this species, but this mornings bird was the fourth time this year I have found them around the main pit and at the viewpoint.



RSPB Dungeness sightings

Highlights over the past week have included: Red-crested pochard, black-necked grebe and two little stints on the ARC pit; barn owl and goldcrests along the willow trail: two great white egrets and an avocet on Burrowes pit; a bittern at Denge Marsh; black redstart, blackcap, spotted flycatcher and brambling near the water tower plus common buzzard, merlin, yellow wagtail, whinchat, wheatear, redwing, firecrest and jay at various points around the reserve.


Rye Harbour 

Highlights from Castle Water yesterday morning, Bittern, 2 Firecrest, 18 Brent Geese, 133 Curlew, 200 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 26 Snipe, 2 Redwing (at the hide) and 55 Siskin overhead (species from previous rye harbour post also present). Ternery Pool also held some interest yesterday with 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 150 Lapwing, 11 Brent Geese and a Kingfisher. This morning Flat Beach attracted 19 Little Egret, 300 Golden Plover and a flock of 88 Brent Geese which soon headed westwards.


Iden and District Natural History Society

The winter programme of the Iden and District Natural History Society begins tomorrow with a talk about South West Ireland by Brian Gallop at IDEN VILLAGE HALL at 7.30pm. For full details and programme click here.