Archive for October 6th, 2008

6th October 2008, Monday

Dungeness Bird Observatory

The highlight of the day was a very tame Lapland Bunting which spent the morning on the beach between the fishing boats and the New Lighthouse. Finches were passing through in large numbers with 330 Siskins, 570 Goldfinches and 80 Redpolls and a single Brambling. A Marsh Harrier, five Rock Pipits and two Grey Wagtails and 31 Reed Buntings were also of note. The bushes were fairly quiet but two Coal Tits were noteworthy along with nine Redwings, three Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs and 20 Goldcrests. A few birds were also feeding offshore including 12 Arctic Skuas, two Mediterranean Gulls, seven Little Gulls, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and three first-winter Arctic Terns whilst a small southerly movement of wildfowl included 131 Brent Geese, nine Wigeon, 99 Common Scoters, two Red-breasted Mergansers and also six Great Skuas.  From DBO website

6th October 2008, Monday

Hybrid Geese


In amongst hundreds of Canada and Greylag Geese at Castle Water today there was a hybrid family that appears to have parents of each species. The result of this mixing is varied among the 5 juveniles – 3 are shown above with the Greylag parent.

6th October 2008, Monday

Rye Harbour

Highlights from the Beach Reserve, Grey Phalarope and 2 Green Sandpiper on the pools behind Ternery Pool, Red-breasted Merganser on the Quarry and a Merlin showed well perched at Parkes hide. At Castle Water highlights included 8 Bearded Tit, Barn Owl, 4 Green Sandpiper and a Hobby.

6th October 2008, Monday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

A short walk along the access track on a bright and frosty morning was rewarded wtith the first redwings of the season. A flock of six fed in the blackberry and hawthorn scrub along with several newly arrived dunnocks and robins and a male blackcap. Sightings from the ARC viewing screen (where we waited in vain for the return of the cranes) included wigeon, pintail, marsh harrier, merlin, peregrine, sparrowhawk, dunlin, water rail, two kingfishers, house and sand martins, swallow and jay. Elsewhere on the reserve south-bound migrants included spotted flycatcher (in Denge Marsh gully), whinchat, wheatear, yellow wagtail, willow warbler and chiffchaff.