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22nd April 2011, Friday

Adder’s-tongue

Whilst walking across a field in Broad Oak when I suddenly realised I was walking over numerous fronds of the adder’s-tongue fern Ophioglossum vulgatum.  This most un-fern-like plant is associated with old unimproved meadows and has undergone a significant decline in the UK, so the news that the owner managed the field as a hay meadow with no chemical inputs was particularly pleasing.

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22nd April 2011, Friday

News from RSPB Dungeness

Common buzzard – one flew north today. Hobby – three on 21st. Little ringed plover – one at the ARC site today. Green sandpiper – one at the ARC site on 20th. Greenshank – one at the ARC site on 20th. Whimbrel – 13 in fields near Boulderwall Farm on 21st. Mediterranean gull – four on Burrowes pit on 21st. Sandwich tern – one over Burrowes on 21st. Common tern – one at Denge Marsh today. Kingfisher – one at Scott hide on 20th. Bee-eater – one (possibly two) heard over the ARC site and Hooker’s pits today. Whinchat – first of the year in Christmas Dell today. Ring ouzel – a male at the ARC site this morning. Garden warbler – one in Christmas Dell today. Lesser whitethroat – two at the ARC site and one near Hide 1 on 21st. Firecrest – one in the pines by the Water Tower on 21st.

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You could win a pair of RSPB binoculars, have your photos exhibited in our Visitor Centre and raise money for the RSPB at the same time. Pick up an entry form and details from the Visitor Centre, email the reserve at dungeness@rspb.org.uk or download a copy from our website.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/groups/dungeness/default.aspx

22nd April 2011, Friday

Plover Day

Lots of plovers at Rye Harbour today – with breeding Lapwing, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers and a few (7) lingering Golden Plover in breeding plumage and the appearance of Grey Plover in their black and white breeding plumage – I always think that the 2 plumages of adult Grey Plover make the birds look a different shape, almost like different species.
With the warm weather continuing you might think that it was a good day for the first Lapwing chicks to be appearing. BUT they prefer to feed on insects found in wet mud and there’s not a lot of that around at the moment. Anyway the warm weather means that they don’t need to be brooded often, so thay can spend all day feeding. The parents of a brood near the Wader Pool spent some time trying to chase away the Golden Plovers in their territory.
Lapwing chick