Archive for April 4th, 2011

4th April 2011, Monday

Something to report at last at Pett

April 3rd 2011, Yesterday at Pett, was in the end a good morning, I started off going to Carters Flood, where there was 16 Avocets and 2 Buzzards being the best sightings. So after a couple of hours, I went to the seawall, knowing the tide was on the way up, with high tide at around 11 am. Arriving on the sea wall, the first birds noticed on the sea was the usual 30/40 G.C.Grebes,then after a few minutes, I noticed another grebe that looked different, not far off shore, so the scope came in to use, thank god the light was much,much better than it has been of late, with a prefect R.N.Grebe which was in view for about 5 minutes, before taking wing and flying towards Cliffend, close in to shore. But the morning wasn’t finished yet, with 1 Slavonian Grebe in part summer plumage, on the sea, and 2 Red Kite in the air together,seen from the sea wall, near the pools, but flying over Winchelsea. Good bird watching Pete.

4th April 2011, Monday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

It was another excellent week with a steady stream of migrants arriving. We had our first sightings of the year of house martin, sedge warbler, whitethroat, blackcap and willow warbler and numbers of sand martins, swallows, yellow wagtails and wheatears increased. Two garganeys were on Denge Marsh and a Slavonian grebe was on the ARC pit. Unusual sightings included a spoonbill over Hooker’s pits early on 28th and a great white egret over Boulderwall Farm at dusk the same day. One lucky visitor spotted an osprey flying north over the ARC pit on 30th. The bittern continues to boom near the viewing ramp.