Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Romney Marsh and Dungeness, Kent - spring holiday 2009

Monday 20th April

This morning we walked another lovely stretch of the canal at West Hythe, in the opposite direction to Sundays walk. The water was very pretty and the weather quite warm and sunny. The fish were jumping for flies and the bushes where full of small ‘garden’ birds such as Blackbirds, Wrens and Great Tits, lots of Robins too and a Chiffchaff singing almost over our heads. Some Magpies were very noisy in the tops of the trees. We saw some cute lambs in the bordering fields. Following this we took our lunch to Romney Marsh Visitor Centre on the coast road between Dymchurch and New Romney. This is run by the Kent Wildlife Trust and the centre was very impressive with wonderful interpretation boards. During a short wander around the reserve we saw quite a few little birds including a pair of House Sparrows building a nest in a nest box beside the feeding station. The male brought back a long piece of orange bailing twine! There were lots of butterflies enjoying the sunshine including Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, and Orange Tip. We also saw a Grass Snake at the edge of the lake; it slipped into the water and swam away with its head held high above the water.
Our bird watching at Dungeness was successful providing us with a brief sighting on a Yellow Wagtail; a lifetime first for me.
In the evening we drove down to Dungeness old lighthouse as the sun was setting and took some wonderful shots. I particularly like the ones I took of the big orange ball of sun behind the huge electricity pylons.

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