Archive for September 30th, 2007

30th September 2007, Sunday

Pannel Valley NR

Chiffchaff and Blackcap migration was in full swing this weekend,with three figure counts for both species noted. Stonechats (below) have become very obvious, and Meadow Pipits, Lesser Redpolls and Siskins are all being seen on visible migration. Reed Buntings are increasing as birds disperse from their breeding territories along the ditches on the Levels, and Bearded Tits can be seen and heard as they make tentative forays above the marsh, tempted by the urge to disperse to other reedbeds. Up to three Marsh Harriers have been roosting in the Valley during the week.

30th September 2007, Sunday

News from RSPB Dungeness

Ring ouzels continue to be seen with one in the bushes behind Scott hide this morning and two birds present yesterday, one near the return trail and another in Denge Marsh gulley. A whinchat in the gulley was the first for two weeks and a garden warbler near Scott hide was only the second autumn record on the reserve this year. The first firecrest of the autumn was also near Scott hide and the little owl was still present in the gorse bushes between Denge Marsh road and the trail. A juvenile curlew sandpiper flew over Burrowes pit and two rock pipits were on the outflow pipes at the end of Denge Marsh road. Two fly over ravens were only the 8th record for the reserve, and certaily looked out of place in the flat shingle landscape!