Archive for September 10th, 2005

10th September 2005, Saturday

Pett Level – early evening

Along the Royal Military Canal there were five whinchat, a cetti’s warbler, two chiffchaff and a kingfisher. A little egret was on Carter’s flood and a merlin flew over. At Pannel Valley there were three green sandpiper and six snipe gave fantastic views feeding out in the open in front of the first hide.

10th September 2005, Saturday

Dungeness – Seawatch

A short but eventful seawatch at Dungeness at midday produced two bottle-nose dolphin heading east and three harbour porpoise milling about close inshore. A balearic shearwater and two arctic skua flew west and there was a little gull, a black tern and a guillemot on the sea.

10th September 2005, Saturday

Hastings Country Park

Hundreds of moths were caught in the Warren Cottage moth trap overnight the highlights being a delicate, 2 pearly underwing, a dark sword-grass, a rusty dot pearl, and 3 silver y.

At Warren Glen there was a flock of 150 goldfinch in the field north of the Quarry, a wheatear and a whinchat (these are the only additions I can make to Cliffs post.)

10th September 2005, Saturday

Castle Water Afternoon

A peaceful hour in the hide at Castle Water. A pair of Great Crested Grebe feeding their 2 large young with Perch and Tench. A big flock of Long-tailed Tits, perhaps 20. A big flock of Greylag Geese with 3 Snow Geese and the Canada hybrid with a white eye ring. Single Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Garganey, Wigeon , Merlin and a few Curlew.

10th September 2005, Saturday


Very few warblers inland, but 4 Whinchats and a Stonechat.
1 Buzzard.
Stock Doves are on the increase again, with 28 in all and 17 in one flock. Only one each of Blackbird & Song Thrush.
Water levels are very low, with some of the feeder ditches completely dry.
By the end of the morning, at least 150 House Martins were overhead.

10th September 2005, Saturday


Forced uphill by fog on the level, I found that the west end of the quarry was alive with warblers – mostly Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and Blackcaps with the odd Garden Warbler & Lesser Whitethroat. They were all moving so fast it was hard to keep track.
Overhead. there were mostly Swallows & House Martins, with a few Sand Martins & Yellow Wagtails & a single Grey Wagtail, but 12 Siskins >E were the first I’d seen this autumn.