Archive for September, 2008

30th September 2008, Tuesday

Kent Wildlife Conference 2008

… entitled “Long-term Change in Kent’s Flora & Fauna” will be held on Saturday 11 October at Canterbury Christ Church University. This is your last chance to book! Full details and a booking form can be downloaded by clicking here.

30th September 2008, Tuesday

Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning, 2 Raven overhead at Ternery Pool, a Merlin showed well perched on a fence post at wader Pool and 32 Golden Plover were roosting on Flat Beach. Birds roosting along Shore Ridges included 13 Sandwich Tern, 15 Turnstone, 112 Oystercatcher and 47 Ringed Plover. Yesterday at Castle Water a Redstart was present in scrub near the hide and 3 Ruff were on the new excavations.

29th September 2008, Monday

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

Less visible migration today with only 130 goldfinch east and smaller numbers of meadow pipit and siskin. Grounded migrants reported included 16 redpoll, 3 wheatear, 11 stonechat, 2 reed bunting, 9 yellow wagtail and 2 tree pipit. Two common buzzard were seen hunting along field margins and hedgerows.

Reported by Andrew Grace with more information on wildhastings.

29th September 2008, Monday

Pett Pools

3 Little Stints, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, m Marsh Harrier today. And a Bearded Tit which seemed to arrive along the sea wall from the west.

29th September 2008, Monday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

After a two week absence it looks as though our cranes have returned – two birds landed at the ARC site at 15.45. Also seen today: yellow wagtail, swallow and siskin. Regular sightings over the past week have included little stint, snipe, golden plover, common sandpiper, ruff, kingfisher, wheatear and yellow wagtail. A common buzzard was seen on 27th and a bittern (from Christmas Dell hide) on 28th.

29th September 2008, Monday

Exhibition at RSPB Dungeness

An exhibition and sale of landscape photographs by Keith Redshaw.
Saturday 27 September to Saturday 11 October, 10 am to 5 pm.
Admission free.

28th September 2008, Sunday

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

The early morning overhead migration continues with counts of 250 siskin, 100 goldfinch, 50 linnet, 2 tree pipit, 2 grey wagtail and 2 yellow wagtail flying east. Grounded migrants included 50 chiffchaff, 14 goldcrest, 7 blackcap, a whitethroat and a lesser whitethroat. 3 eider were close inshore at Rock-a-nore.

Reported by Alan Parker and Tim Inskipp on wildhastings. Photo by Mali Halls.

28th September 2008, Sunday

Grey Bush-cricket

Platycleis albopunctata  is a large (body 25mm.) bush-cricket found at Rye Harbour where it is the only species with mottled grey colouration, and other features such as the long wings and a ridge on the top of the thorax. This is a male seen sunbathing on a wooden groyne today.

grey-bushcricket

27th September 2008, Saturday

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

Early morning overhead migration produced counts of 580 siskin, 400 swallow, 300 meadow pipit, 150 goldfinch, 5 tree pipits and a yellow wagtail east. There was an obvious fall of goldcrests with 50 counted. Other grounded migrants included a redwing at Ecclesbourne Meadow and grasshopper warbler at Warren Glen. Also 4 raven reported.

During late morning and early afternoon a count of 16 common buzzards was made using cliff generated thermals and moving east.

Reported by Alan Parker, Andrew grace and Tim Inskipp on wildhastings.

27th September 2008, Saturday

Castle Water

Not the best morning to check the Little Egret roost, through the mist the croaking and squabbling egrets could be heard leaving but not seen. Only 22 flew close enough overhead to be counted. Despite the misty start, Barn Owl, Bearded Tit, Cetti’s Warbler and Water Rail were seen or heard. Yesterday highlights from Castle Water included a Common Buzzard which gave great views low over the hide being mobbed by a gang of Jackdaws, wader interest was concentrated on the new excavations with 9 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Green Sandpiper