Archive for August 21st, 2005

21st August 2005, Sunday

Around Rye Harbour

Over 1000 Gannet were still fishing offshore this morning, along with 171 Cormorant and several hundred terns (Common, Sandwich and the odd Arctic). The terns were harried by up to four Arctic Skua, as well as an immature Kittiwake, which seemed to be trying to take a leaf out of the skuas book, but with little success!
During the monthly WeBS count today, a Spotted Redshank and up to three Ruff were present on Ternery Pool, while Flat Beach Quarry played host to five Curlew Sandpiper (four immatures and an adult) and seven Bar-tailed Godwit. On the shore, 10 Knot fed among the Dunlin, while four Black-tailed Godwit flew east over the reserve mid-morning. In addition, the count at Castle Water turned up a Ruddy Shelduck and two Black Tern.
In the evening, a trip round the Beach Reserve turned up an immature Pied Flycatcher, catching insects from a straggly sycamore tree near the river mouth. This is only the 10th record of this species on the reserve, and only the second from the Beach Reserve, the last occurring over 20 years ago!
Small part of feeding Gannet flock.

21st August 2005, Sunday

Common Buzzard over Peasmarsh

There was a Common Buzzard over Peasmarsh yesterday evening – last seen thermalling and drifting towards Rye about 6.30pm.
Chris Drew (from Rye Bay Wildlife e-group)