Archive for October 2nd, 2007

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

Pannel Valley NR

A lunchtime stroll near Carter’s Flood produced 48 Wigeon, plus a flight of 84 Pintail inland up Carter’s Valley. (The Flood is now full again, in preparation for the arrival of the wintering wildfowl.) Two Ravens also flew over the Cliffs and a pair of Coal Tits (scarce on the reserve) were in the hedgerow.

Two Siskin flocks totalling 36 birds passed overhead, with several Redwings calling from the alders adding to the autumnal feel.

In the evening around 2,500 Swallows roosted in the reeds.

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

News from RSPB Dungeness

Chiffchaffs were present in good numbers with around 20 in the bushes at the back of Hooker’s pits and at least 50 birds present around the reserve. Three blackcaps and a goldcrest were in Denge Marsh gully, with a firecrest present at Hooker’s pits and another three goldcrests calling from the pines at the Hanson-ARC site. A ring ouzel was in the bushes at Christmas Dell and a male redstart was along the return trail near to the start of the boardwalk. The merlin was seen again around the New Excavations, and redpoll, siskin, green sandpiper and a group of 37 brent geese were all recorded flying over.      

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve – Birds

Birds reported early afternoon 1.30pm – 3pm

A marsh harrier was seen heading east as well as 800 swallows and house martins. Grounded migrants included 50 robin, 30 chiffchaff, 27 stonechat, a black redstart and a grasshopper warbler. The ravens were also seen.

Reported by Andrew Grace via email.

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

Pannel Valley NR – Osprey

An Osprey was first spotted on the reserve on 26th August and was seen daily until 05th September. There were then five blank days before it, or another one re-appeared. Apart from three blank days from 26th-28th September, the bird has been seen daily and is very adept at catching fish. The bird is still present. The big question is whether there has been one, two or three different birds in residence.

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

Iden & District Natural History Society

See our Events page for a series of wildlife talks held locally. Click here.

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning, 2 Raven, 82 Meadow Pipit and 400+ Swallow passed over Lime Kiln Cottage. 3 Little Stint, 4 Ruff, Brent Geese and Pintail were on Flat Beach Flood. A Slavonian Grebe was on the pits viewable from Lime Kiln Cottage.
Slavonian Grebe

2nd October 2007, Tuesday

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