The greenish warbler at Castle Rocks, Hastings was last seen at about 2pm when it was also heard singing briefly, but not seen again between 2-4pm.
Archive for September 7th, 2007
Large numbers of the whitebait shoals present inshore recently were beached along the tideline at Hastings this morning allowing correct identification of the species involved. The great majority are mixed shoals of herring and sprat along with much smaller numbers of sardine, sand-smelt (in centre of picture above) & sand-eel. Read the rest of this entry »
This morning at Castle Water 53 Little Egrets, Osprey, Marsh Harrier and 2 Hobby. On the new pits of Rye Harbour Farm 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 30 Dunlin, 6 Knot and a Greenshank and at Ternery Pool an Avocet.
A fine male merlin at Denge Marsh was the highlight of the day.Â About eighty golden plovers and a few incoming wigeon were also indicators of the changing season.Â Two red-crested pochards have been present this week - a male at Denge Marsh and a female on the New Excavations. A common buzzard flew over on the 4th and a hobby wasÂ spotted on the 3rd whilst marsh harriers are being seen daily.
Marsh Mallow moth on Marsh Mallow at Pannel Valley today
A greenish warbler was giving excellent views at close range just before mid-day in the Castle Rocks Gulley on the West Hill, Hastings. It was first seen at about 11am. It is keeping low down, feeding amongst the lower branches of sycamores in the gulley. Best to view from the small circular area of open ground called Ladies Parlour between the castle and the West Hill cafe.
Pterophorus spilodactylus has a wingspan of under 20mm and is only found around plants of White Horehound. The plant is not common and the moth is rare. If you know the whereabouts of any of these plants now is a good time to look for the moths… this one was seen yesterday.
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The moth trap was the busiest that it has been all year. There were over 680 moths of 65 species. New for the year were Latticed Heath and Old Lady. The highlight however was a Marsh MallowÂ Moth probably the second for the site.Â The two commonest moths were 112 Large Yellow Underwing and 73 Setaceous Hebrew Character.
Some of the rushes on the most persistently flooded west side of the reserve have been scraped away to expose small areas of open water and muddy edges, in order to attract waders and ducks. There were 4 Snipe, 3 Green Sands, a Greenshank, a dozen Mallard and 2 Teal exploring this new resource yesterday, along with a few Crows.
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Birds come and go all day, but the best time is likely to be at high tide, when they are pushed off the beach. Bird-watchers also come and go all day, in numbers which have not been seen at Pett for years. The last time so many tripods were lined up on the seawall was during the Shorelark Winter. The sight of so many people has been a shock to the system, but it has also been rather sociable & I’ve caught up with several people I haven’t seen in ages.
On the born-again Wader Pool this morning were 110 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 1 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Avocet, 2 Bartail, 16 Snipe, 4 Redshank, 3 Egrets, 2 Herons and a bunch of Lapwings. There were 2 Curlew Sands on Tuesday and a dozen or so Blacktailed Godwits appear on most days.
The August-flavoured sandpipers of various persuasions seem to have passed on and as far as I know, no stints have been seen in the last week.
Overhead action, apart from hirundines, was provided by 2 Ravens flying W over the back and 2 Grey Wagtails & 2 Tree Sparrows flying NE. I saw a TS flying up the canal on Tuesday and Pete Rouse had a small flock drop in to the reeds last week.