Archive for April 26th, 2005

26th April 2005, Tuesday

Pannel Valley

A walk this morning turned up a single Turtle Dove and five Wheatear. Over the reedbed up to 15 House Martin were feeding. A Speckled Wood and an Orange Tip were seen this afternoon, both first records of the year for our site.

Late yesterday evening 5 Swift, 14 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow and 2 House Martin were feeding over the valley.

26th April 2005, Tuesday

Today’s sightings

Highlights today were common sandpiper (2), pied flycatcher, nightingale and bar-tailed godwit.

Family events this coming weekend
As part of the RSPB’s celebration of 100 years of wardening at Dungeness we invite visitors to join us for an exciting exploration of wetland wildlife.

On Saturday 30 April spend the afternoon in the company of our expert guide exploring the varied ecology of the reserve. After spending some timepond-dipping we will walk around the nature trail looking at the birds, insects and plants that inhabitat this unique shingle landscape.

On Sunday 1 May come and meet our warden dressed and equipped as he would have been 100 years ago and find out what life was like for the first watchers at Dungeness in 1905. Then join a modern day warden to carry out a breeding bird survey. Budding young conservationists can help by identifying birds and plotting them on our survey maps.

Booking is essential for both events. Telephone 01797 320588 for more details.

26th April 2005, Tuesday

Pett Pools

2 Turtle Doves flying W this morning.
Yesterday evening, I followed up the report of Little Gulls but they had gone. There were however up to 20 Common Terns and 10 Swifts hunting over the roadside pool and 2 Wheatears nearby.
Cliff Dean