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12th February 2009, Thursday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Single black-necked and Slavonian grebes were still present over the weekend, along with bittern, red-crested pochard (two females) and several smew. A raven flew over on Saturday morning but the most exciting sighting was of an adult ring-billed gull at the ARC pit on Sunday.

Yesterday’s highlights were provided by three bitterns, nine snipe and a single jack snipe.

12th February 2009, Thursday

Brede Valley

Wednesday February 11th

I’ve never previously managed to get to the valley when it’s been flooded, and I was busy on Tuesday when it was at its worst, but yesterday was still spectacular. Flooded lanes and icy slopes had prevented me from reaching Doleham, so I drove to Brede Bridge and walked downstream from there.
As the tide ebbed, the broad floods debouched through field drains into the Brede, leaving broad sheets of thin ice to collapse with a brittle creaking, sometimes leaving delicate platforms supported by dead grasses.
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12th February 2009, Thursday

Beach Reserve Waders

Good numbers of waders around this morning at least 500 Knot were present along the shore, 240 Sanderling ,400 Dunlin, 280 Curlew, 30 Grey Plover and 360 Oystercatcher were also feeding or roosting along the low water sand. The recent flooding of Flat Beach also attracted 700 Golden Plover, 900 Lapwing, 45 Ringed Plover and 8 Ruff.