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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.


Dungeness Bird Observatory

Grounded migrants included a Redstart, two Whinchats, six Redwing, eight Blackcaps, 20 Goldcrests and eight Firecrests and birds passing overhead included a Buzzard, 250 Swallows, two Rock Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, two Jays, six Tree Sparrows, a Brambling, 300 Goldfinch, 40 Siskins and 90 Redpolls. Brent Geese (above) flew down-channel throughout the day with a final total of around 1000 birds (and including one leucistic individual) along with 179 Wigeon, 39 Teal, five Grey Plover, two Bar-tailed Godwits and five Arctic Skuas and four Mediterranean Gulls were feeding lingering offshore. From the DBO website.


Rye Harbour

Highlights this morning, at least 1500 Golden Plover roosting on Flat Beach, at Castle Water a Spoonbill gave great flight views from the hide and headed towards Winchelsea Beach, a group of 8 Bearded Tit, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler also showed well from the hide. Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall and Tutfed Duck were present in good numbers around the main pit.