In spite of the continuing lack of rain, the spring-fed water levels continue to rise on the lower fields, and have begun to attract an exciting mass of ducks. This evening there were at least 150 Teal plus a handful of Mallard, Shoveler, Wigeon and about 10 Pintail. 3 Buzzards were soaring together S of the bridge and a Barn Owl was quartering the banks of the Brede. Hundreds of Fieldfares were flying to roost (where?) while many hundreds of Common Gulls were moving down to the coast.
The site is private but some of the wetlands can be viewed from the public footpath at TQ838173.
Archive for February 9th, 2006
This morning I witnessed a passage of well over a hundred red throated divers flying east past Bexhill. There were was also 50+ of them on the sea at Bexhill including a flock of 24 very close to shore. Little else on the move, just 8 scoter east (+1 west)and 30+ Great crested grebe and 3 guillemot on the sea. A second winter med gull was on the shore near galley hill and a purple sandpiper was feeding with turnstones at Glyne gap.
On tuesday I came accross a barnacle goose in Combe Haven valley. Though almost certain to be feral this still seemed to be an unusual sighting here and they are striking birds with their monochrome plumage like a mime artist.
Posted by Joe Dickens on the wildhastings website.
An hour on the Castle Water viewpoint at dawn revealed 32 Little Egret leaving the roost, a Bittern inflight heading towards the hide. 58 Mute Swan took off from the main pit were they spent the night. And a Barn Owl gave close views flying over the reeds. At Ternery Pool 400 Lapwing and 74 Golden Plover provided the interest from the Beach Reserve.
On a bright, cold morning, a sheep lies dead halfway between the Pools and the Pannel Valley. Around it are several Carrion Crows, but on top, dominating the feast, is a Raven. Every so often, it moves off to digest its pickings and a second Raven moves in.
The sun is too bright to see much on the sea, but a small flock of Eiders and a Red Throated Diver swim just offshore and 2 passing RB Mergansers whizz past further out.
The imm m Scaup is still with Tufted Ducks on the roadside pool.