Archive for September 3rd, 2005

3rd September 2005, Saturday

Hastings Country Park – Migrants

A marsh harrier flew in off the sea at Rock-a-nore towards the East Hill cliffs and then headed east. Also at Rock-a-nore an arctic skua was seen heading east and there was a steady passage of sandwich tern west.

At Warren Glen there were three wheatear and a common buzzard flew south towards the cliff edge and then drifted west. A red admiral was also seen.

Along Barley Lane there were two lesser whitethroat, and two red admiral and a painted lady were present feeding from a buddleia.

3rd September 2005, Saturday

Unusual Marsh Harrier

I’ve just seen an extraordinary-looking Marsh Harrier fly over my garden at Pett.
It was dark, with a lighter head, but had broad white bars on its upper wing.
I think it could be one of the distinctive birds from the Stour Valley recently depicted on the KOS website.

3rd September 2005, Saturday

Privet Hawkmoth

A large (10cm long) caterpillar reported last night on a Lilac tree in Winchelsea Beach turned out to be a Privet Hawkmoth .
Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

3rd September 2005, Saturday

Around Reserve This Morning

The main highlight was just offshore at the Harbour mouth 185+ Gannet,220 Sandwich Tern and 30+ Common Tern were feeding . This attracted 7 Arctic Skua and a fantastic Pomarine Skua.
A visit to Castle Water produced: 71 Shoveler, 36 Gadwall and 140+ Mallard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Green Sandpiper , 3 Whinchat and 2 Cettis Warbler.
Also on Saunders Fields which can be viewed from the Bittern Viewpoint 82 Curlew and 2 Stonechat