First of all, apologies for the lack of posts recently - I have been on holiday. Here is a quick summary of sightings over the past week: Bar-headed goose – two at Denge Marsh on 28th. Brent goose – one at ARC on 21st. Garganey – pair at ARC on 25th. Bittern – one still booming near the Hooker’s pits viewpoint, and several sightings of a bird in flight. Black-necked grebe – one at the ARC site on 23rd. Hobby – one in the car park area on 28th. Red-footed falcon – reported flying inland over ARC on 25th. Little ringed plover – one at Firth hide on 28th. Sanderling – four at ARC site on 28th. Dunlin – five at the ARC site on 28th. Common sandpiper – one on Burrowes pit on 21st. Curlew sandpiper – one flying towards Denge Marsh on 21st. Little gull – one over Burrowes pit on 27th. Common tern – one at the ARC site on 28th. Sandwich tern – one flying over on 27th. Swift – many flying over the reserve on 28th. Spotted flycatcher – one at the ARC site on 25th. Lesser whitethroat – one singing in Christmas Dell all week. Long-tailed tit – near Boulderwall Farm on 27th.
Just to update you on the purple herons, on the morning of 29th an adult bird dropped into the reedbed at Denge Marsh and was seen on and off after that. On 4th May a second bird appeared – this time a sub-adult, possibly one of the youngsters from last year. Unfortunately, there was no sign of a second adult and there have been no sightings at all since 6th May.