Archive for March, 2005

31st March 2005, Thursday

Pett Level

At least 9 Med Gulls with Bh Gulls behind Toot Rock this afternoon, a Cetti’s Warbler singing just behind “Tamarisk” (first gate along the RMC) and 2 Swallows > E along the road.
Cliff Dean

31st March 2005, Thursday

Pannel Valley

Despite the thick mist, there was a small arrival of migrants on the reserve including a Black Redstart, the first Sedge Warbler in the reedbed and 3 Willow Warblers. Waders on the scrape included a lone Avocet and a Black Tailed Godwit.

31st March 2005, Thursday

Today’s sightings

Slavonian grebe
(2), scaup (4 males, 2 females), black-necked grebe (2) – all on Burrowes pit

30th March 2005, Wednesday

Scaup – 4 males, 2 females – Burrowes pit
Common scoter, female – Denge Marsh

29th March 2005, Tuesday

Footlands wood

At Footlands wood a male Willow warbler was in full song, along with 4 Chiffchaffs accompanied by 2 non singing chiffchaffs. Also in the area, 2 Canada geese flew South, a redpoll was busy displaying, 1 Ls-sp woodpecker was calling, a small flock of 4 Siskins were pairing up, a Grey wagtail was seen, and a male Yellowhammer was singing next to the car park.
Rather worryingly no Blackcaps were noted, I’ve not seen any at all this spring, anywhere, hopefully they’re just late as a few are normally on territory by now.

29th March 2005, Tuesday

BND at Galley hill

A Bottle nosed dolphin swam E off Galley hill at 13.49 about 100 ft offshore. It appeared quiet a large animal and wasn’t going anywhere fast.
The only other sighting was 6 chaffinches flying E.

28th March 2005, Monday

Our new Denge Marsh hide came up trumps again with water pipit, rock pipit, yellow wagtail (5), avocet (2), plenty of snipe and dunlin, golden plover and merlin being of particular note. At about 2 pm we recieved a report of an Ortolan bunting but unfortunately despite the best efforts of a good many birders the bird was not seen again.

Other sightings around the reserve included little ringed plover (2) and peregrine at the ARC pit, black-necked grebe (3) and Slavonian grebe (2) on Burrowes pit and two red-headed smew. A common buzzard flew over early in the afternoon and the day was rounded off nicely with two swallows heading north at about 6pm.

28th March 2005, Monday

Galley hill sea watch

A half hour sea watch this afternoon produced a male velvet scoter flying E, a Sandwich tern resting on a bouy, a Cormorant fishing and 6 LBB gulls loafing.

28th March 2005, Monday

tree pipit

A Tree pipit flew E over Fairlight place farm this morning, there was very little else on the move but 16 Meadow pipits, 2 Mallards and a White wagtail were noted. 2 greylag geese made an impressive sight as they flew S low over the fields.
There were 2 snipe in the fields and a couple of Skylarks were singing.
An early Willow warbler was calling amongst 3 recently arrived Chiffchaffs, the Goldfinch flock has increased slightly, from 6 to 9.
Most interesting though was the discovery of 2 Tree sparrows roosting in one of the hedgerows.

26th March 2005, Saturday

Green Tiger Beetles – Glyne Gap Beach

The first green tiger beetles of the year were out in numbers on the cliffs at Glyne Gap. Hundreds of solitary bees and a couple of common bee-flies were also on the wing.

Green Tiger Beetle - Glyne GapCommon Bee-fly - Glyne Gap
Green Tiger Beetle & Common Bee-fly (Bombylius major) on Glyne Gap Cliffs.

Also around on the cliffs were two wheatear and a rock pipit.