Archive for February 20th, 2009

20th February 2009, Friday

Today’s sightings at RSPB Dungeness

A bittern was seen from the ARC viewing screen early this morning and two firecrests were near the hide. At least four smew were present around the site. A Dartford warbler was seen near Denge Marsh hide.

20th February 2009, Friday

Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning included 3 Mediterranean Gull amongst the 200 Black-headed Gull at Ternery Pool. A brief seawatch in the calm conditions produced 7 Eider, 15 Red-throated Diver and 120 Great Crested Grebe. Good numbers of Golden Plover and Lapwing are still roosting on Flat Beach, a Merlin was present around the shingle ridges near the quarry.

20th February 2009, Friday

Guestling Wood

Down the west side of the wood, a total of at least 50 Siskins in the alders, along with 2 Lesser Redpolls and 10 Goldfinches.
Heavy rain has deposited new layers of silt along the streams, making Water Rail easier to see, but it has also eroded the new dam by Pickham Mill, where there was a Grey Wagtail.
5 Bullfinches together at Watermill Lane.

20th February 2009, Friday

Salehurst (TQ72L)


Out on the Wealden edge of RXland, both Bittern and Peregrine have been seen in the Robertsbridge area in the last week, but my Atlas Late Visit turned up rather more ordinary birds. The most obvious development, as at Battle earlier in the week, was the increase in birdsong, especially from Song Thrushes, Great, Blue and Coal Tits. With these species, previously hidden in scrub or treetops, suddenly calling attention to themselves and helpfully concentrating at garden feeders, the counts went up dramatically.
Long-tailed Tits seem to have survived the cold weather well and are now splitting up into pairs and fixing upon territories but Goldcrests are harder to see, so they may have suffered more or maybe are just not singing yet. (And out of the Wealden area, Cetti’s Warblers seem awfully quiet at Pett Level, where I suspect some may have succumbed.)
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