Archive for April 3rd, 2012

3rd April 2012, Tuesday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

Highlights so far today: spoonbill on the ARC pit, bittern booming at Hooker’s pits, bullfinch at the willow trail, willow warbler at the ARC site and in the main car park bushes, blackcap near the viewing screen and two swallows flying over. Yesterday three garganey (two males and a female) were on the lake near Boulderwall Farm and two little ringed plovers were at the eastern end of the ARC pit where the first whimbrel of the season was also seen.

3rd April 2012, Tuesday

Rye Harbour

Migrant highlights over the last few days have included 3 Yellow Wagtail on the grassy slopes near Camber Castle, warblers in song at Castle Water include Willow, Sedge, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. At Ternery Pool a few Common Tern have joined the roosting Sandwich Terns and several Swallow have passed overhead at Crittall Hide. On Harbour Farm 4 Whimbrel were roosting on the pools near the barns. Additional avian interest has been provided by at least 600 Mediterranean Gulls on two occasions at Ternery Pool at the end of last week, and at Castle Water a Bittern is still warming up, poor booming sequences being heard on several early mornings around the viewpoint area.