Archive for September 13th, 2007

13th September 2007, Thursday

Castle Water

Highlights from Castle Water this morning included, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 31 Wigeon, Marsh Harrier and 2 Kingfisher. The Osprey was reported by regular visitors.

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Curlew Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwits at Castle Water

13th September 2007, Thursday

Hastings Country Park LNR

Migrant birds around the quarry and Warren Glen this morning were: Hobby, Meadow Pipit,  Grey Wagtail, Swallow, House & Sand Martin, Wheatear, Stonechat, Whinchat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (2 in song), Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat and Goldcrest.

13th September 2007, Thursday

Two shanks

Very quiet this morning, but I had a rewarding 5 minutes at Ternery Pool with two waders that are normally unaproachable. A Greenshank walked close to the Crittall Hide, then I heard the “tu-eet” call of a Spotted Redshank, before it appeared there as well. Then for 5 minutes they fed together, chasing the shrimps that are abundant there. Always on the move they were difficult to follow, but at last I have some photos of these shy birds.
Spotted Redshank and Greenshank
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13th September 2007, Thursday

Unusually confiding robin

We have a remarkably tame young robin in our garden at Northiam at the moment. It appeared as a juvenile in mid August following us around the garden while we were weeding, eating spiders and insects disturbed by our activities. Approaching to within a metre or two it will even take food quite happily out of your hand. This photo was taken at a distance of 1-2m. The red breast feathers have just started to appear in the last two weeks. Hope it is not so approachable to the local cats!