Archive for March 15th, 2010

15th March 2010, Monday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Smew – up to six across the site all week. Goosander – seven on Burrowes pit on 14th. Slavonian grebe – up to four on New Excavations, Denge Marsh and Hooker’s pits this week. Black-necked grebe – up to three on Denge Marsh all week. Bittern – between one and five seen daily. Red kite – one flew over on 14th. Common buzzard – three flew over on 14th. Golden plover – a maximum of 185 on Denge Marsh all week. Mediterranean gull – one at Denge Marsh on 13th. Water pipit – two at Denge Marsh on 14th. White wagtail – one near Makepeace hide on 14th. Chiffchaff – up to three seen around the nature trail daily. Firecrest – two in the car park bushes on 9th and two near Makepeace hide on 12th. Raven – one flying over on 14th.

15th March 2010, Monday

40th Anniversary

The Nature Reserve’s first warden, Dave Flumm, started work on 15th March 1970, and reading his annual report it is clear how much progress has been made for the reserve’s wildlife and its visitors. The report is now available from the WildRye website – it’s at the bottom of the publications page and in 2 parts to download – click here.

15th March 2010, Monday

Beach Reserve

Highlights on a fine morning included Wheatear and Black Redstart lingering around the Old Lifeboat House, 6 Avocet on Harbour Farm Pools, 3 Sandwich Tern roosting on the low water sand and a Merlin over Shore Ridges. Mediterranean Gulls appeared to be everywhere.