Archive for October 11th, 2007

11th October 2007, Thursday

Stone Curlew

At dusk this evening, 2 Stone Curlew were seen flying and heard calling near the Old Lifeboat House. They landed on the shingle ridges , but could not be found again! Read more about them by clicking here.

11th October 2007, Thursday

Pett Level

High tide and a flat calm sea made it easy to see a range of seabirds out in the bay, especially at the Winchelsea Beach end. At least 8 Razorbills and 1 Guillemot were busily diving, with at least 11 more auks towards Rye Harbour. 5 Little Gulls were flitting about, mostly over the clusters of GC Grebes, and 2 sat on the water close inshore. 2 male Eiders were circling around, a few Brent Geese flew past and dozens of Gannets gave spectacular diving displays.

A/the Grey Seal surfaced from time to time.

Visible (well, the Goldfinches are visible anyway)  migration was strong in the morning, with other east-bound species being Swallow, House Martin, Chaffinch, Linnet, Siskin, Redpoll, Pied & Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Rock/Water Pipit and Skylark.

The Ravens were commuting back & forth, snorting like pigs.

11th October 2007, Thursday

Rye Harbour

Highlights over the past few days: Marsh and ringtail Hen Harrier at Castle Water. Slavonian Grebe and 2 Little Gull were on Long Pit. 5 Little Stint were on the new pools behind Ternery Pool, and a Barn Owl was hunting in the fields near Lime Kiln Cottage at dusk. Migrants overhead have included 4 Fieldfare, 22 Siskin and a Brambling.