Archive for November, 2008

29th November 2008, Saturday

Beckley Woods Work Parties

Butterfly Conservation’s Rother Woods Project is holding tree thinning and scrub cutting work parties at the entrance to Beckley Woods on Horseshoe Lane between Beckley and Udimore. Arrive from 9am on the last Sunday of the month – Nov 30th, Dec 28th, Jan 25th and Feb 25th. Contact Steve on 01580 879958. Volunteers must be 14 or older.

29th November 2008, Saturday

Winter Open Wood Event

Sunday 7th December – 11am-3pm
RSPCA Mallydams Wood – walks, activities, christmas cards, bird feeders, books, tombola and more. At Peter James Lane, Fairlight.

28th November 2008, Friday

Rye Harbour

On a wet and miserable day there were still some good birds to be seen. At Castle Water a Water Rail in front of the hide and a Bittern in flight mobbed by a Marsh Harrier. On Long Pit the 2 Great Northern Divers, a female Scaup and a Ruddy Duck. On Flat Beach there were at least 500 Golden Plover.

27th November 2008, Thursday

The Western Limits


Robin Harris & I were out today atlassing in enticing mixed forest on the very edge of RXland, hoping to find something exciting in an area not much visited by bird-watchers. And we found that they are quite sensible not to visit it, in winter at least, because large tracts of woodland seemed devoid of birdlife.
There were at least Wrens every 100m, and at each we had to stop and listen hard to detect the squeak of a Goldcrest or the tick of a lurking Robin.
By the time we did run into one of those mixed flocks, of tits, Goldcrests & Treecreepers, we were in a fairly somnolent state and found it hard to keep up with them, let alone keep running totals in our heads of 7 or 8 species until we could update notebook tallies.
There were several Chaffinches, very few Blackbirds, the odd Bullfinch and no Song Thrushes at all.
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27th November 2008, Thursday

Beach Reserve

Nice to see a few birds around this morning, Flat Beach was brought to life with the return of 1000 Golden Plover. Two Whooper Swan in flight over the shore was the highlight though, 280 Curlew, 70 Dunlin, 49 Ringed Plover and 25 Grey Plover were also feeding on the low water sand. Highlights at Castle Water late morning were at least one Raven and a male Marsh Harrier.

26th November 2008, Wednesday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings


Tuesday 25
There were thirteen Bewick’s swans on the ARC pit this evening. Six brent geese and a merlin were also seen today.

Wednesday 26
Thirty Bewick’s swans were seen flying from the ARC pit this morning. A smew was seen on New Excavations and a black-necked grebe and bittern were seen from Denge Marsh hide.

26th November 2008, Wednesday

Rye Harbour Sightings

The two Great Northern Diver are still present on Long pit, along with Red-crested Pochard, Scaup, Goldeneye and good numbers of Tufted Duck and Pochard. The only other bird of note this morning was a Merlin hunting over Harbour Farm.

24th November 2008, Monday

Rye Harbour

A cold and grim old day with not much around highlights have been, two Great Northern Divers on Long Pit, 31 Shelduck on Flat Beach Flood and a Kingfisher perched on the sluice at wader pool.

22nd November 2008, Saturday

Atlas time again…


…so we were over in TQ71 I, on the Beech Estate west of Battle. The estate went organic 5 years ago, and it shows, with a newly-ploughed field teeming with BH & Common Gulls, Rooks, Jackdaws, Woodpigeons, Stock Doves, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Yellowhammers, and Blackbirds & Song Thrushes diving in & out of the dense hedgerows.
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22nd November 2008, Saturday

Pett Level


The fluting repetitive song of Song Thrushes has started up again in the gardens, contrasting with the varied and expressive croak of a local Raven.
Several people have expressed to me their pleasure at seeing 2 Barn Owls hunting along the canal near Carter’s Flood, and yesterday afternoon there were 2 adult Marsh Harriers close by and a Kingfisher skimming over the water.
Numbers of Great Crested Grebes and Common Scoters have begun to build up on the sea.
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