We have been basking in sunshine all week, but the wildlife seem to realise that winter is round the corner, even if we haven't been able to admit it to ourselves yet! Many birds are on the move, gathering in large numbers or appearing for a day at a time here at Dungeness ready to head back to warmer parts of the world.

Thousands of martins have been seen across the peninsular and these house martins were captured around the water tower to the north of our reserve, flocking together for safety during a long journey.

House martins - Martin Casemore

Other migrants have been popping in this week too. Spotted flycatchers have been seen in the pine trees at the back of ARC (near the water tower). A pectoral sandpiper stuck around for a few days and a spoonbill was seen yesterday and an osprey seen briefly on Burrowes Pit this morning. 

Spotted flycatcher - Martin Casemore

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