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21st March 2011, Monday

Castle Water

A few weeks ago I mentioned that willow flowers would provide an early source of food (pollen and nectar) for early flies and bumblebees, today at Castle Water I found several Common Bee-fly using this food source. Other highlights included Bittern in flight, 2 Marsh Harrier and a Grass Snake.

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Common Bee-fly feeding at willow flower

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21st March 2011, Monday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Friday 18
Smew, bittern, penduline tit – Hanson-ARC site. Raven (2) – Denge Marsh

Saturday 19
Goldeneye, smew – ARC pit. Bittern, rock pipit – Hooker’s pits. Snipe, firecrest – Christmas Dell. Buzzard, spoonbill – flew over.

Sunday 20
Egyptian goose, garganey (3), goldeneye, avocet, glaucous gull – Burrowes pit. Black-necked grebe – ARC pit. Wheatear, black redstart – main car park area. Red kite – flew over at about 9.30. Merlin – near access track

21st March 2011, Monday

Bitterns

The signs of Spring are finally arriving on the Romney Marsh, the water levels around Walland are encouraging this year for wet grassland species and  a small number of lapwing and redshank are active in addition the ever elusive breeding bittern was booming on Walland Marsh on the 19-20th March.