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Rare Gull continued...

Report for Sunday on the Dungeness Bird Observatory website with photos - The bird of the day was a fine adult Sabine's Gull which spent about four hours on and around the shoreline and Patch during the morning before disappearing in the late afternoon. Other notable birds offshore included two adult Little Gulls mainly near the Patch, an Arctic Skua, an adult Yellow-legged Gull at the fishing boats and a juvenile Arctic Tern. There was also a steady westerly movement of Common Terns this evening. 


Rare Gull

From Alan Parker by e-mail. A bit of luck this morning - an adult Sabines Gull flew past me as I was walking along the riverside track at Rye Harbour towards Flat Beach. It steadfastly flew south as if going out to sea and I couldn't see it on the beach when I got there, but worth looking out for. A good bird at last.


Bumblebee Events 

These events in the RX area are being run by Nikki Gammans of Bumblebee Conservation Trust as part of an exciting project click here.
5th August Rye Harbour Nature Reserve walk and talk 2-4pm. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage info centre click here for location.
11-12th August RSPB Dungeness kids fun weekend, stall and walks. Meet at RSPB visitor centre.


A few highlights

Whether controlling ragwort is good or bad it has dominated my work this week, I did manage to cleen a few highlights though. At Castle Water Bombus ruderatus and Philanthus triangulum (Bee-wolf) were nice finds and several Brown Hawker were on the wing near the hide and viewpoint. Groups of Bearded Tits were often encountered around the reedy margins, at least 30 birds I would say. Hobby, Greenshank, Common/Green Sandpipers and 400 Lapwing also provided interest. On the Beach Reserve while pulling ragwort at Ternery Pool two broods of Grey Partridge were good to see, another brood was also present on Harbour Farm. Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Greenshank, Common/Green Sandpipers, 62 Curlew and 20+ Yellow Wagtail sums up my pick of the week.

Reported sightings from Castle Water this morning a Curlew Sandpiper in summer plumage and a Little Gull 


Budding Birders

A group of children aged from 4-14 joined one of our events today: Childrens Birdwatching. Although many of what we would consider common species were seen, and these would not usually warrant a mention on this website, for many of these young enthusiasts it was the first time they could put a proper name to these birds.

As we were all fairly new to birdwatching, we didn't remember to keep a list as we visited the Wader Pool, Quarry and Ternery Pool hides, but I think I have remembered all that we saw:

Linnet, herring gull, pied wagtail, starling, black-headed gull, wood pigeon, oystercatcher, curlew, little egret, little grebe, great crested grebe (juvenile), mallard, dunlin, common sandpiper, cormorant, dunlin, goldfinch and Sandwich tern.

Not bad for a group of beginners, hopefully they'll be back to expand on their list!

Photo of curlew stolen from Barry Yates!