Good time for Divers

18th February 2008, Monday

Pett Sea Wall Sunday 17 FebuaryArrived at Pett at first light around 7am ,it was minus 2 and the whole marsh was frosty ,and ice was forming around the edges of the pool. High tide was about 6.30am. When I got out of my van, the first bird of note was a singing Cettis Warbler the next was an Med.Gull nearly in full summer plumage,later in the morning there was another one at the same place as last week at Winchelsea end of the marsh.There was good numbers of  Red.T.Divers with around 200-250 birds flying into Rye Bay towards Rye Harbour , they were disturbed by a speedy fishing boat,but all morning  there were parties of 3 and 4 birds just off shore all along the sea wall.  W.F.Geese were again present with a flock of 55 on the marsh and later on the pools ,there was a single Barnacle and a Brent Goose with them , with a further 12 Brents moving east over the sea. Three Marsh Harriers were in the air together ,and looked like they were moving off for other parts when they started to use the thermals ,climbing and moving off over the sea, a fourth flew east over the marsh towards Rye , all the birds were cream heads.