Saturday, 9 July 2011

Bitterns and Marsh Harriers

Hooker`s Pit, Dungeness - cool, sunny, windy, sw5 - 0900hrs - Spent the morning on Bittern watch duties for RSPB from the ramp overlooking Hooker`s and Dengemarsh; it now seems as though we have two nest sites in the reedbed with a single male playing host to both females. The blustery wind didn`t help matters but I had two sightings: an adult flying into one of the sites, and another which flew overhead from the direction of Christmas Dell, and was in view for a full two minutes before plunging down behind willows near the back track to Lydd.
Also of note was confirmation of breeding Marsh Harriers with 2 feather-perfect juvs just out of the nest. There was much wing-flapping and jumping into the air as they sat in the field behind the reedbed. Mum delivered what looked like a dead rabbit which sent them into a feeding frenzy (what terrible table manners). Plenty of other activity including 2 Hobbies, GWEgret, Beardies, Cetti`s Warbler, plus a light passage of Swifts and hirundines. Elsewhere, Wood Sandpiper and Garganey at ARC and Blackwits on Burrowe`s.

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