Archive for September 11th, 2008

11th September 2008, Thursday

Cranes still there…

The 2 Cranes continue to provide excellent value at RSPB Dungeness, where they have been present for more than a fortnight.
They can be seen very closely from the viewing screen at the N end of ARC pit where the RSPB has set up telescopes and an information stand.
To get there, take the road south from Lydd and turn left into the car park opposite the main RSPB entrance. From there, follow the marked trail for about 5 minutes to the screen.
The Cranes have been very active (not like Spoonbills), calling, dancing and, this afternoon, harrassing nearby ducks. They departed northwards, giving great flight views and I later noticed them feeding quietly in a stubble field N of the road towards Lydd.
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11th September 2008, Thursday

Castle Water

Highlights from Castle Water today included, 2 Kingfisher and a Hobby at the viewpoint, 4 Black Tern gave good views feeding at the northern end of the main pit, 200 Swallow, 40 Sand Martin and 30 House Martin were seen from the hide.

11th September 2008, Thursday

Scarce Moth (Again)

Another scarce moth appeared in the trap here at Dungeness RSPB on the night of Tues/Wed this week. The Cosmopolitan (Mythimna loreyi) is an irregular immigrant to the south of the UK and is closely related to more commonly occurring species such as Clay, White Point and Common Wainscot. The have been about 40 records of this moth in the Dungeness area, but none at all were recorded last year.