Archive for February, 2005

28th February 2005, Monday

Brede Bridge

A quick walk along the river bank east of Brede Bridge this morning in the snow.
Green Sandpiper 2, Stonechat 1, Teal 7, Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 or 4 drumming, many very fresh molehills in the snow.

26th February 2005, Saturday

Great Skua

Of interest, Charles Trollope brought to me the remains of a recently dead Great Skua which he had just found on Rye Golf Course.
David Walker

26th February 2005, Saturday

Pett Level

Pett Level 1400-1600
Common Scoter 200, Velvet Scoter 10, White-fronted Goose 2,
Slavonian Grebe 1, Pintail 1f, Rock Pipit 1, Golden Plover 10.

Slavonian Grebe at Pett Pools
A curious and noisy Canada Goose hybrid has joined the ranks of farmyard breeds which arrive and depart mysteriously at pool 3.
Hybrid goose at Pett Pools
Cliff Dean

26th February 2005, Saturday

Winchelsea

Barn Owl Friday evening on Station Road just N of Ferry Bridge.
Cliff Dean

26th February 2005, Saturday

Ashes Wood, Netherfield

Ashes Wood:
0915-1145; 8/8 cold N3
A cold, grey, still morning with just Chaffinches and Great Tits providing the song until the sun came out about 1030. Rarity of thrush song indicated much reduced numbers of Song Thrush, Blackbird and Robin. Bullfinches are fewer as well, though a flock of 20+ Siskins was buzzing in the treetops by the bridge, with a few Redpolls further west.
Marsh Tits have begun to move back into the wood, 10 being seen, while Coal Tits were singing lustily once the sun came out. 2 Yellowhammers were back on territory too, but not yet singing.
With much of the mill pond frozen, the 11 Moorhens were crowded into a little patch in the middle, along with 6 Gadwall.
Cliff Dean

26th February 2005, Saturday

Dungeness area

A day of unusual birds with a Shore Lark coming in off the sea at about 0845hrs and a Lapland Bunting east over the Observatory later in the morning. A Dartford Warbler was also seen in the Desert, a Firecrest was seen in the moat and there were 11 Long-tailed Tits at the Long Pits.
There was also another easterly movement of birds at sea during the first two hours of daylight with 102 Red-throated Divers, 252 Gannets, 58 Brent Geese, 12 Wigeon, two Scaup and 650 auks and there were four adult Mediterranean Gulls at the Patch.
The Lesser Scaup was still at Scotney
David Walker from Dungeness BO web site.

25th February 2005, Friday

Today’s sightings

Barn owl
Slavonian grebe – New Excavations
Red-crested pochard – pair on Hooker’s pits

25th February 2005, Friday

Great Northern Diver – Galley Hill

A great northern diver flew west off Galley hill this afternoon.

Also present was a nice duck flock of 76 common scoters 2 velvet scoters and a lovely male scaup.

52 brent geese and 1 red-throated diver flew east.

Reported by: Ian Standivan

23rd February 2005, Wednesday

Nesting Cormorants

It is snowing, but some birds are nesting. The next few weeks are the best time to observe the amazing plumage and behaviour of breeding Cormorants at Castle Water. Best viewed from the Bittern viewpoint. Most of the colony are the continental sub-species “sinensis” with whiter heads, nesting in trees and nesting early. Some are already incubating. "sinensis" Cormorants

23rd February 2005, Wednesday

Slavonian Grebe

The Slavonian Grebe was still at Pett Pools yesterday – easier to see very close to the gate.
The snow has brought in a lot of Redwings to Chick Hill & Winchelsea.
Cliff Dean