Archive for March 22nd, 2010

22nd March 2010, Monday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

The weekend saw the arrival of our first little ringed plovers and willow warblers of the year. Other birds on the move included a few sand martins and swallows, five rock pipits, two water pipits, up to four black redstarts, five wheatears and 12 chiffchaffs. Eleven firecrests could be found around the nature trail on Sunday. Also of note were a single garganey, three smew, four Slavonian and three black-necked grebes and a raven. A pair of barn owls were seen near Boulderwall farm at dusk on 21st.

22nd March 2010, Monday

Sightings at Pett Pools


Sightings for 14th & 21st March 2010. On the first date it was a good day for birds of prey, with a Buzzard, a male Marsh Harrier and a Sparrow Hawk. Ducks were much the same as last week, on the pools. But in the bay things were looking better, with 150/200 Common Scoters  moving east, and still leaving the usual flock of about 20 birds in the bay. Also small numbers of  Brent Geese heading east through the morning. G.C.Grebe only 30/40 still on the sea,with a single bird on the pools, which is the first for along time, to be seen on the pools, also Little Grebes are building up has well. Waders are still in good supply with 190 Curlew, 1 Bar.T.Godwit,2Knot,20/30 Snipe. Other sightings of interest on the sea 12 R.T.Divers, 6 Pintails. Read the rest of this entry »

22nd March 2010, Monday

Eel wrestling

Twice this week a Cormorant was seen catching a large Eel in the Quarry. First the chase in shallow water, then the capture and wrestling then, with great difficulty, swallowing, followed by a period of uncomfortable internal wriggling, then resting on the shore…

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22nd March 2010, Monday

Rye Harbour Sightings

A fine selection of bird on flat Beach Level this morning included 200+ Golden Plover, 73 Knot, seven Brent Goose two Avocet and two Wheatear, while at least 124 Sandwich Tern were on the Quarry and good numbers of Mediterranean Gull on Ternery Pool. On Harbour farm, three Goldeneye were on the pits near the Barns, two Grey Partridge were showing well in the fields next to Lime Kiln and at least one Wheatear was next to the track from the caravan park to Parkes Hide.

Wheatear on the Beach Reserve