Archive for February 14th, 2008

14th February 2008, Thursday

News from RSPB Dungeness

Highlights of the day included a third year Caspian gull, in front of the visitor centre on Burrowes pit, and a Dartford warbler in the gorse bushes between Denge Marsh hide and the viewing ramp. The bittern was seen again flying over the reeds in front of the ramp mid morning, and the Slavonian grebe continued its stay in front of Firth hide. A group of 30 Bewick’s swans were seen on the 11th at the ARC pit, leaving the roost early morning, with another group of 27 birds seen on the 13th.

14th February 2008, Thursday

Beach Reserve

The highlight this morning was a confiding Common Seal hauled out on the sand at the River Mouth.

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14th February 2008, Thursday

Doleham

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The well-flooded fields continue to attract a large number of wildfowl, at least 400 in all. The largest group is still Teal, then Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon and now a couple of drake Pintail. Coots have returned to their breeding sites (there were none here 3 years ago) and a Cetti’s Warbler is singing (for the first year) from the atypical habitat of scrubless reed. Read the rest of this entry »