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RSPB Dungeness sightings

The highlight of the week was provided by a black kite seen on both Thursday and Friday by a handful of lucky visitors.  The bird was seen from the Hooker's pits viewpoint, being mobbed by our resident marsh harriers.  A few returning waders (common sandpiper, dunlin and black-tailed godwit) were spotted on Burrowes pit and at the ARC site.  A black redstart was also seen at the ARC site. 


Thistle disease

Creeping thistle is causing us many headaches at Rye Harbour. Despite its value for a wide range of invertbrates, we feel it has become too dominant and are controlling it with herbicide on large areas of grassland. The bleached tops of creeping thistle are a widespread sight, and it does seem to limit this plant that is so invasive. It is caused by the phytoparasitic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae, so we leave the affected plants and hope it will do the control in the long term...


Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning, flat beach flood attracted 28 Avocet, a Spotted Redshank, 10 Dunlin, 26 Redshank, 12 Curlew and a Whimbrel. On Harbour Farm three Green Sandpiper, 6 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Black-tailed Godwit were on the pools, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear and several Grey Partridge were feeding in the nearby grassy areas.

Grey Partridge lurking around the pool margins on Harbour Farm


Castle Water

Avian highlights from Castle Water today included 5 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Hobby, Turtle Dove and at least one fledged Marsh Harrier was on the wing around the new excavations.


Shingle moths

Birdguides have produced a web article on shingle moths with many photos form the RX area - click here.