Archive for February 16th, 2009

16th February 2009, Monday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Friday 13: Two bitterns were seen, one near Boulderwall Farm, one at Christmas Dell. Two male and five female scaup were on the ARC pit and a hen harrier was seen near the Water Tower. Also of note were two smew, five goosanders and a kingfisher.

Saturday 14: One bittern was seen from Christmas Dell hide and two in the Hooker’s pits area. A black-necked grebe was on Denge Marsh and a Slavonian grebe on New Excavations. A hen harrier was seen at Christmas Dell and a firecrest from the ARC Willow Trail. Forty Bewick’s swans were seen on the ARC pit.

Sunday 15: Single Slavonian grebes were seen on New Excavations and the ARC pit and the black-necked grebe was still on Denge Marsh. Three male and five female smew were seen across the site and a pair of red-crested pochards were on New Excavations. A male merlin was seen at Denge Marsh.