Happy St Georges day to you all!

During the scorcher of the Easter weekend, we've had an absolutely phenomenal time of bird sightings!

Migration is happening and birds are flying in thick and fast. Over 500 sand martins have been seen at once over the reserve amongst swallows and house martins too. Sedge warblers are singing around the reserve along with the Cetti's and the chiffchaffs.

A pair of black-winged stilts were probably the highlight for the weekend. They stayed around for a few days, but haven't been sighted today yet.

Black-winged stilts - Graham Parry

A common crane has been lingering in the area for over two weeks now! On a Bittern Breakfast walk on Saturday, our guests had an incredible morning filled with bird song and sightings. Two of our guests, Alan and Anne Smith, took this wonderful photograph of the crane flying right above their heads!!

At the end of Saturday 20th, this is what our sightings board looked like!

Garganey were seen today on Burrowes Pit and many seabirds are joining us now, including common terns and sandwich terns. The beautiful wheatear has been seen around the reserve and the Dungeness NNR. 49 bar-tailed godwits were seen from the visitor centre this morning and we've had 11 whimbrel by the entrance track. 

If you want to witness spring migration at its best, now is the time to visit Dungeness!