The bittern was seen again in flight over the reeds from the viewing ramp at Hookers pits and a little stint was on the islands in front of Makepeace hide late afternoon. Two sparrowhawks and a common buzzard drifted high over new evcavations and two peregrines were flying together over the pylons along denge marsh road.
Archive for October 8th, 2007
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The ki-ki-ki-ki of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker from the trees west of Pickham Mill was rare evidence of a bird which has become one of the hardest to find of the resident species in the RX area.
There were 2 Grey Wagtails in the same zone, which I always include in my circuit for the variety afforded by lane and farmland.
Along the streams bordering the wood, Moorhens seem to be doing very well, this morningâ€™ count of 20 far exceeding any previous totals. I guess that the developing vegetation in the steep-sided ponds now provides them with secure nesting places over deep water.
I noticed that Robins were everywhere numerous, and counted 41.
Like everywhere, a steady trickle of migrants was passing overhead northwards, including Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails, Skylarks, Chaffinches, Goldfinches Siskins and Redpolls.
Many corvids and gulls were congregating on the freshly harrowed Church Farm fields.
The trap this morning held 85 moths of 21 species. The majority of the catch was made up of Large Yellow and Lunar Underwings. Migrants were represented by two Delicate and a Rusty-dotted Pearl.
Highlights over the past few days, 446 Curlew roosting at dusk on Harbour Farm. Golden Plover numbers roosting on Flat Beach have increased to 1100 and there was a Dotterel with them today. The flood on Flat Beach has attracted, 13 Little Stint, 15 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, 178 Oystercatcher, 69 Dunlin and 74 Ringed Plover. Wildfowl counted around the reserve has included, 102 Tufted Duck, 126 Teal, 98 Gadwall, 235 Mallard, 111 Shoveler, 203 Wigeon and 43 Pochard. The scrub south of the hide at Castle Water has produced Firecrest and Ring Ouzel, a Slavonian Grebe was also present at the northern end of the main pit.