Archive for May, 2008

26th May 2008, Monday

Black Kite

I was coming out of Float Lane at Icklesham this afternoon at approximately 17.45, when I saw a large raptor which looked like a kite fly over head. I stopped the car and grabbed my binoculars, expecting to see a Red Kite, but spent the next 20 minutes having wonderfully close views of a Black Kite, at times being mobbed by the local crows.
John Martin from SOS website.

26th May 2008, Monday

Tawny Pipit Update

The Tawny Pipit was reported again at Rye Harbour around 1.30pm today, near the south-eastern corner of Flat Beach. The bird was still present at around 4.15pm.
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26th May 2008, Monday

Temminck’s Stints at Wader Pool

Visiting birdwatcher Rod Standings came into Lime Kiln Cottage to report two Temminck’s Stints at the Wader Pool, the two birds gave incredible close views. The birds were still present at 11.40am.

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26th May 2008, Monday

Bee-eater

Yesterday afternoon a Bee-eater was present at the eastern edge of Rye Harbour Village along the River Rother, it was last seen in flight over the Golf Course and was quickly lost from view.

25th May 2008, Sunday

Dungeness Bird Observatory

Heavy overnight rain and strong NE wings grounded just a handful of migrants but the quality was high with a Red-breasted Flycatcher found in the moat (and subsequently trapped and ringed) and in the evening, an Icterine Warbler in the garden of Southview Cottage. Other migrants were generally scarce with just two Hobbies, a Redstart, two Willow Warblers and five Spotted Flycatchers of note. Seawatching was generally quiet but did produce a group of three Pomarine Skuas flying east at 0645hrs and also a couple of Manx Shearwaters. A first-summer Mediterranean Gull was feeding off the fishing boats in the evening.

David Walker from DBO website

25th May 2008, Sunday

Tawny Pipit at Rye Harbour

A Tawny Pipit was on Flat Beach Level late morning/early afternoon. The bird was present around the south-east corner of the Flat Beach electric fence from about 11:40 to 15:10 before flying off and being lost from view. Click here for photo from Birds of Sussex website.

25th May 2008, Sunday

Wildlife Discovery Day

Yesterday we were very lucky with the weather and the events in Rye were successful. The wildlife parade through the streets (organised by Radiator Arts) was very colourful and the drums very noisy. This was followed on the Strand Quay by several environmental performances. At the Quay there was a good variety of stalls, providing local information, activities and food.

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24th May 2008, Saturday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Six black terns flew through around midday, with one lingering over the ARC pit into the afternoon. At least four hobbies were present along with peregrine and marsh harrier. A red kite was seen from the Visitor Centre on 23rd.

24th May 2008, Saturday

Rye Harbour

A dawn visit to the viewpoint at Castle water found,  20 Little Egret leaving the roost, 2 Hobby hawking insects over the reeds, a Barn Owl gave fantastic views in flight over the viewpoint and a Marsh Harrier was hunting along the nearby ditches. Bearded Tit, Water Rail, and Cettis warbler were heard, Turtle Dove and Lesser Whitethroat  gave good views.  On the Beach Reserve 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 22 Avocet were the pick of the bunch from the new pools  behind Ternery pool.

23rd May 2008, Friday

Gullery

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If you go down to the Parkes Hide at Ternery Pool and open the flaps, there in front of you will be an island with over a hundred Black-headed Gulls nests. The nests range from adults still incubating to nests with half grown chicks, but most have chicks that are just a few days old – as in the photo above.

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