Archive for October 30th, 2007

30th October 2007, Tuesday

News from RSPB Dungeness

A busy day on the reserve with plenty of highlights. A party of six whooper swans flew along the back of Burrowes pit late afternoon with yesterdays redhead goosander (an immature male) present in front of Firth hide. A drake mandarin was a surprise new arrival to Denge Marsh, showing in the far right hand corner of the lake, though there was no sign of yesterdays reported smew. A ringtail hen harrier flew behind Burrowes pit early morning, heading towards Denge Marsh, and a female merlin showed from Hide 1. Caspian gulls were again present on ARC, along with single goldeneye and knot and a minimum of 33 common snipe. A jack snipe was flushed from one of the ditches behind Hookers pits. Both common buzzard and short eared owl flew over ARC and a group of at least eight redpolls were showing well early morning feeding on the dead willowherb in front of the bench just past denge Marsh hide.        

30th October 2007, Tuesday

Porruginous Duck

No, not a new species, but a hybrid between Pochard and Ferruginous Ducks. This individual has been on the Long Pit for a few days (and was probably present last winter). It resembles a male Ferruginous Duck, but has pale flanks and a yellowish eye.

Hybrid Duck