Archive for May 4th, 2008

4th May 2008, Sunday

Aerobatic Displays

In today’s perfect weather many birds were busy displaying and some included amazing aerial displays. Perhaps the best and most obvious was from this unusual looking bird…

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4th May 2008, Sunday

Rye Harbour Update

A Wood Sandpiper was present on new pits at the extreme western end of Harbour Farm this afternoon, along with a Green Sandpiper and around ten Avocet. At Castle Water, at least five Garganey were visible from the hide late morning, consisting of one pair and a further three drakes.

4th May 2008, Sunday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

28th April. The surprise today was a bar-headed goose at Denge Marsh. More regular (and wild!) species included garganey, peregrine, hobby, whimbrel, dunlin, Mediterranean gull, common tern, sand martin, swallow, swift, wheatear, stonechat, yellow wagtail and cuckoo.

29th April. Three barnacle geese were on Burrowes, hobby was now getting sighted regularly, generally over the Denge Marsh area. Waders included grey plover, knot, common sandpiper, turnstone, passage whimbrel, and a few curlew. Common terns and black tern were seen over Burrowes and other migrants were cuckoo, swift, sand martin, swallow, yellow wagtail, wheatear, lesser whitethroat, and whitethroat.

30th April. Much the same species as yesterday, with whimbrels still passing in numbers. Arctic tern was seen today as well.

1st May. Hobby as usual and again many whimbrel, and other waders included common sandpiper and turnstone. Common terns were over Burrowes and cuckoo, swift, wheatear and yellow wagtail were recorded.

2nd May. One of the male garganey was seen as were the now regular hobbies with a count of 7 reached and passage waders again included whimbrel, but with the odd bar-tailed and black-tailed godwits. Also about were greenshank and common sandpiper. Little gull was seen as were wheatear and whitethroat.

3rd May. Again at least 7 hobbies over Denge Marsh. Greenshank, whimbrel, bar-tailed godwit, dunlin, common tern and cuckoo were recorded.

4th May 2008, Sunday

Rye Harbour Sightings

A visit to Flat Beach Quarry at dawn this morning found 210 Whimbrel at the roost. Also here were eight Knot, three male Grey Plover (all well on the way to breeding plumage) and a Bar-tailed Godwit. On Harbour Farm, the new pits near the barns held 14 Avocet and a Little Ringed Plover, while a pair of Grey Partridge and a fly-over Cuckoo were also seen here. A quick seawatch found relatively little, though a single Gannet and several Little Tern were fishing close inshore. At Castle Water a Turtle Dove was purring near the viewpoint and Bearded Tits were pinging in the reeds.