Archive for April 17th, 2005

17th April 2005, Sunday

Top bird of the day was undoubtedly the Kentish plover, which was spotted on one of the the Burrowes pit islands early in the afternoon. A few lucky folk were able to watch it from the Visitor Centre before it flew off towards Lydd-on-Sea. Unfortunately despite best efforts from a team of local birders it was not found again.
Supporting cast included Slavonian grebe, marsh harrier, whimbrel, avocet, cuckoo, wheatear, white wagtail, reed warbler, sedge warbler, willow warbler and chiffchaff.

17th April 2005, Sunday

Pett Level today

Sunday April 17th 2005
Pett Level: 85sp

Overhead migration on this beautiful morning was composed almost entirely of Linnets, with a few Goldfinches and a single Brambling. I was puzzled by a tiny bird with a call I couldn’t place, which arrived along the cliff and set off across the open marshes. All became clear a little later at the eastern end of Toot Rock, when two intrepid Coal Tits flew out of blackthorns and along the seawall. It’s the first time I’ve seen migrant Coal Tits in spring. Another adventurous tit was a Long-tailed, feeding in an isolated Hawthorn along the RM Canal.
Also at Toot Rock was my earliest-ever Turtle Dove singing on the wires, while a more punctual Lesser Whitethroat rattled in the snowy blackthorn blossom below. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap were singing nearby, Reed Warblers were at the pools and by the canal but the only Whitethroat was one present in the same spot for the last 10 days.
With excellent visibility out to sea, I hoped for a few passing birds. A meagre merganser would have been appreciated, but Pett being Pett, and in a bay, delivered its usual BZ apart from a distant trickle of Gannets.
And 72 GC Grebes sitting on the water.
There were single Whimbrel, White & Yellow Wagtail on or over the seawall.
Carter’s Flood has been very busy, with dozens of Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler& Tufted Duck present, up to 3 Garganey and a single Wigeon. Today, a pair of Pochard were a new species for the site. Kingfisher and a Barn Owl are often on the canal nearby.
Yellow Archangel & Stitchwort are in flower at Pannel Bridge.

In late afternoon, we paid a visit to Doleham, where there was a Common Buzzard & a Green Sandpiper.
Cliff Dean

17th April 2005, Sunday

Spotted redshank over Glyne gap marsh

A Spotted redshank flew E over Glyne gap marsh early in the morning.
Also noted on the marsh were a Cetti’s warbler, a Reed warbler, 2 Sedge warblers, 1 Garden warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 swallows.

17th April 2005, Sunday

Pebsham marsh

At Pebsham marsh which lies to the west of Pebsham tip there were a pair of Gadwall and Shoveler, singing male Cetti’s warbler. A newly arrived Lesser whitethroat was also singing, along with single Chiffchaff and Willow warbler.
At least 3 pairs of Herons are nesting in the wood.