Smew and goosander were still visible from Scott Hide and two marsh harriers were seen at Hooker’s pit.
Archive for January 20th, 2007
Once the early morning wind and rain passed through a few birds began to appear, inflight over Lime Kiln Cottage 56 Corn Bunting and 33 Skylark. A Merlin was also present in the nearby fields and managed to pick off a Skylark after a prolonged areial chase. At Castle Water highlights included, 4 Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, 2 Smew and a Red-throated Diver.
The gales on Thursday brought down several large trees in Winchelsea where Greyfriars’ Meadow was particularly affected. An Ash, forming part of a former entrance avenue, came down a few weeks ago, but was joined by one of its companions and among others was a Walnut opposite the house itself.
Most of the trees on this relic of Victorian parkland are not exceptionally old, but some are not in the best of health. The exposed position and unusual wetness of the soil may have jeopardised them, but the roots could be quite shallow too, thanks to the mediaeval streets which slumber just beneath the turf.