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5:17PM

This weeks sightings at Dungeness

It's been a cold but beautifully sunny day here on the reserve today. The long eared owl was showing off really well today by the pond. We've had lots of geese on the reserve recently with Canadian geese, Greylag geese, Brent geese and Egyptian geese all taking up residents on our pits. Smews, pintails, goldeneyes and an impressive 250 wigeon have also been seen around Burrowes pit and Denge Marsh.

Wigeon - photo credit: Andy Hay rspb-images

great white egret and little egret have been seen regularly at the small pit by the Boulderwall farmhouse near the entrance of the reserve, so keep an eye out for them as you drive in.

Golden plover, water rail, redshank and curlew have all been seen. A great spotted woodpecker was seen on the feeders in the carpark yesterday and a Cetti's warbler, chiffchaff, bearded tit and long-tailed tit have been seen around the reserve today.

Long tailed tit - photo credit: John Bridges, rspb-images

The black necked grebe and slavonian grebes have been seen regularly on the New Diggings pit. Buzzards, sparrowhawks, merlins, peregrines, kestrels and marsh harriers continue to rule the skies!

3:35PM

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.

 

10:53AM

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.