Archive for August 3rd, 2007

3rd August 2007, Friday

Pannel Valley NR

As the breeding season comes to an end the water levels on both Carter’s Flood and the Scrape have been dropped to encourage passage waders. Green and Common Sandpipers, Greenshank and Redshank are already appearing, and good numbers of Little Egret and Grey Heron are taking advantage of the new feeding. This morning two flights of Snipe (29 in total) arrived down the Valley.

In common with other local sites, the first departing summer migrants are now showing up. Early morning brings many young Willow Warblers to the woods, and double figure counts of adult and young Garden Warblers are moving through. Much more elusive are handfuls of Grasshopper Warblers hidden in the reedbeds just after dawn; once the reeds have dried a little there are hundreds of Sedge Warblers feeding up, with smaller numbers of Reed Warblers. The first Whinchat and Wheatear are also passing through, often near the public footpath.

Yesterday evening a migrant Nightjar showed well as it hunted over the reeds at dusk. The regular nightly roost of Swallows and Sand Martins has also started, and should now build quickly towards four figure counts over the next few days.

3rd August 2007, Friday

Pett: Garden & Beach

A migrant Willow Warbler singing in my garden at Chick Hill was joined briefly by a Nuthatch this morning. Willow Warblers are now very scarce around here outside of migration times, whereas Nuthatches breed not too far away but appear here only as they disperse from their nesting sites. For a few years, LS Woodpeckers visited us as part of the same cycle, but this year and last either failed to call or we were out when they did.

In the afternoon, a lone Raven was soaring overhead, croaking, before it flew off east. I see one (the same?) was noted at HCPLNR today. Why only the one?

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With the belated arrival of fine weather, I was out shrimping at low tide, catching a lot of rather small shrimps, quite a few small Plaice & Sole and just two Lesser Weevers. The illustrations in the books never do justice to the wonderful shimmering colours on these threats-to-bare-feet, conveying only the ugliness of their little faces.

While I was out by the low-tide mark, sorting through the net, a Yellow Underwing came fluttering along on the breeze and flopped for a few seconds on the wet sand before setting off eastwards once again, past screaming gangs of Sandwich Terns, which were busy ambushing small fish trapped in the gulleys.

On the roadside pool, there was single Wood Sandpiper and a couple of Avocets.

3rd August 2007, Friday

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

Recent sightings from Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve:

There were good numbers of grounded migrants yesterday with counts of 5 whinchat, 83 willow warbler, 38 whitethroat, 11 lesser whitethroat, 8 blackcap, 3 garden warbler, 5 tree pipit, 3 yellow wagtail, a wheatear and a common redstart.

Also present were 46 goldfinch, 24 linnet, 91 swallow, 59 house martin, a hobby and a raven.

On wednesday there were 4 whinchat and 20 whitethroat and 2 each of reed warbler and sedge warbler were ringed at the farm adjacent to one of the barley fields.

A clouded yellow was recorded at the Firehills on the 30th July.

3rd August 2007, Friday

Castle Water

Highlights today, Wood Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Turtle Dove, Emperor (pictured),Migrant and Brown Hawker were all seen from the hide. At the viewpoint, 4+ Bearded Tit, Kingfisher, Willow Warbler and Hobby.

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3rd August 2007, Friday

Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning, 33 Gannet were feeding close inshore, 114 Common Tern, 89 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Tern and an Arctic Skua were roosting on the low tide sand. At Ternery Pool, 7 Common Sandpiper were feeding along the margins, Marsh Harrier and Hobby passed over Crittall Hide. Avocet, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and Whimbrel were on the new pools behind Ternery Pool. Good numbers of Yellow Wagtail are still present on the Beach Reserve, at least 15 Wheatear were feeding on Flat Beach and the grassy area near Wader Pool. 25+ Skylark (pictured) were present in the field by Lime Kiln Cottage.

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