Archive for January 28th, 2008

28th January 2008, Monday

Pett sea wall

Sunday 27/01/08

The morning started around seven o’clock, the tide was on the way down and about two thirds of the way out already. There weren’t many species around today, the best sighting was a Great Northern Diver flying west along with a party of 10 R.T.Divers.
Today was more about numbers with 295 G.C.Grebes on the sea, also on the marsh there were 53 W.F.Geese and 4 Brent Geese along with Canadas and G.L.Geese.
Waders were also in good numbers on the marsh with 1500-2000 Lapwings, 300 Curlews 115 Golden Plovers 10 Grey Plovers and 150 Dunlins.
When all these birds took wing, due to 2 different Marsh Harriers (both cream heads), the skies were full of birds. There are still good numbers of ducks about eg Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler,Pochard and Tufted Duck but only low numbers of Scoters in the bay.

28th January 2008, Monday

Displaying Waders

For a brief time this afternoon the Beach Reserve was still and warm and a few Lapwing and Ringed Plover started their aerial displays over the favoured nesting areas…

Lapwing

28th January 2008, Monday

Pett Level

On Sunday the flock of White-fronted Geese that passed over Rye Harbour landed on the levels. Four arrived initially and landed with the Canada Geese, these were followed by a further 49 that flew in about ten minutes later. Over 1,500 Lapwing were present plus 119 Golden Plover. The sea held 150 plus Great Crested Grebe.

wfgeese

28th January 2008, Monday

Shore Lark

A good photo of the long staying Rye Harbour Shore Lark, taken yesterday by Reg Bell. It shows the little black horns…

shore-lark