Archive for September 18th, 2005

18th September 2005, Sunday

Powdermill Reservoir

The conditions were exquisitely mirror-like, with plumes of mist rising from the surface, golden light on the trees and the stillness only broken by a gibbering trio of Hobbies and the howl of Sunday motor-bikes.
Water levels are not as low as I’d anticipated – the causeway is still covered and the lake continuous, but enough mud is exposed at the edges to provide loafing areas for the birds and easy access & visibility for me.
These conditions revealed the highest-yet number of Moorhens (36 cf previous highest this year: 11). Coot were numerous, but the count of 41 was similar to the last one in June (38) so I guess they must be the breeding birds & offspring. The same cannot be said for the 40 Tufted Ducks, however, which must have come in with the Gadwall (11), Teal (45) & Mallard (22). Just 2 Little & 4 GC Grebes suggested that young had either flown or been predated, and the Mute Swans do not seem to have bred this year. Read the rest of this entry »

18th September 2005, Sunday

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

On Ternery Pool: 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 735 Lapwing, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Along the shore at low-tide: 9 Knot, 9 Grey Plover, 44 Ringed Plover.
On Flat Beach: 154 Golden Plover, 76 Dunlin, 4 Curlew, 150 Meadow Pipit, 5 Wheatear.
In addition, over 350 House Martin overflew the Beach Reserve during the morning, while a Hobby was present on Harbour Farm.
Golden Plover