Archive for October 9th, 2006

9th October 2006, Monday

Hastings vismig 7 and 8 October 2006

Saturday morning was rather quiet at West Hill. a watch from 7.10 to 8.30 and I managed to record 46 Meadow pipit, 7 Chaffinch and very little else.

This Sunday morning I counted at White Rock which commands a great vista of the coast here. Birds were often heading s of west so that I am sure quite a few migrants will be missed in these conditions – a fresh wsw forecast to go s. The benefit here is that the weather station, clock and cafe are all within 50 mtrs of one another and it is possible to get a weather forecast from the meteorologist!

8.25 – 10.25

Jackdaw 51 w
Raven 1 seen twice – flying w and later presumably the same e and stooping at a Herring gull which did not argue the point!
Meadow pipit 139 w or sw
Alba wag 12 w 10 about the greens.
Linnet 240 w – a good passage by recent years
Greenfinch 12 w
Reed bunting 1 w
Skylark 3 w
G S Woodpecker 1 w possibly a local.
Swallow 53 w

also some unidentified finches and corvids over.

(Andrew Grace)

9th October 2006, Monday

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Update

The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still present on Flat Beach Level this morning, distant but viewable from the Wader Pool Hide. Also present here 363 Golden Plover, two Little Stint, a Brent Goose and seven Grey Plover.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

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9th October 2006, Monday


Sunday 8th October 2006 0750-1100: 58sp

doleham sky 06-10-08.jpg

With a light wind at first, the many calls coming out of the blue provided constant interest. I could either hear birds which remained invisible or could see them as tiny inscrutable dots. Most of the 40 Skylarks belonged in the former category, whereas a single silent Woodlark was close enough to show its distinctively stubby silhouette. Though not unexpected, this was the first I’d seen at this site, and another first – overdue this time – was a f Merlin zig-zagging at high speed between the crimson hawthorns.

Numbers of birds overhead were not huge but interesting in variety, with Swallows, House Martins, Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Linnets, Siskins and Reed Buntings on the move, if rather random in direction compared with those on the coast.
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9th October 2006, Monday

Battle Great Wood

Just as I was leaving Battle Great Wood to return home after a walk, I spotted a startlingly bright coloured caterpillar at the side of the pathway at grid ref TQ775162. Once home, after a little research on the computer, I learnt, that it was the caterpillar of a Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda (pictured). Anyone that’s been a hop-picker, may know this caterpillar as a Hop-Dog. This may well be an out of date term, but I am sure, any of the more senior reads that have been out hop-picking in there past, may know it as such. Another term used by hop pickers was, Hop-Cats, used for the caterpillars of the Comma ButterflyPolygonia c-album. That evidently looks a little like bird droppings. As you may well have guessed, both these caterpillars have a taste for the hop plant.
Pale Tussock
Dave Monk