News from RSPB Dungeness

18th January 2008, Friday

Wednesday 16th: As with the day’s visitors, the calmer weather encouraged a Dartford warbler into view, showing well and calling in the gorse bushes near the viewing ramp. A group of 14 white-fronted geese showed well in front of Firth hide during the morning and a Slavonian grebe was seen on Burrowes pit, along with the longer staying bird showing on New Excavations. An adult little gull was in front of Hide 1 and a chiffchaff was in the bushes around the demonstration pond. The white-fronted geese reappeared on Burrowes pit late evening, this time a group of 38 birds, and the bittern put in a brief appearance on ARC, showing in the reeds to the right of the Hanson-ARC hide.

Thursday 17th: The bittern put in another early morning appearance from the Hanson-ARC hide and a peregrine flew accross the ARC pit, shortly followed by a ringtail hen harrier. In addition to the four red-crested pochards showing from Christmas Dell hide another male was seen on ARC.