Archive for February 22nd, 2009

22nd February 2009, Sunday

Pett and Lydd Ranges

The day started at 6.45,on Pett sea wall,the sea was well up but not high tide yet (high tide was around 8.30). Most of the dabbling ducks were on the sea 300 Wigeon, 2 Pintail (1pair) and a few Mallard, there was 18 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 30 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall on the pools, also 1 oiled R.T.Diver was on the third pool. The waders have gone down in numbers this week, maybe due to all the work going on around the marsh and on the sea wall?, and perhaps thats why the numbers have gone up at Rye?. The G.C.Grebes are much the same as last week, but there was hardly a Scoter to be seen. R.T.Divers were in good numbers, but further out to sea than the grebes, but there was 2 B.T.Divers closer in showing well not to far out. There was a very heavy westerly movement of B.H.Gulls all morning, with 2 Med Gulls heading east late morning. Birds of prey put in a good show with at least 3 Marsh Harriers and a Merlin. At Lydd Ranges there was good mixture of waders, 1 Avocet, 18 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, 3 Ring Plover, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Redshank, Turnstone. It was good seeing Skylark and hearing a Corn Bunting. On the way back we called into Pett again, and finished off the day with 2 Eider imm males. Good Birdwatching Pete.

22nd February 2009, Sunday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Most of the interest was found on Flat Beach/Quarry today, with a count late morning finding around 500 each of Golden Plover and Lapwing, over 200 Dunlin, 150 or so Knot, 17 Grey Plover, 22 Ringed Plover and two Ruff. Elsewhere, number of gulls continues to increase at Ternery Pool, with 320 Black-headed Gull and five Mediterranean Gull present there, while highlights on Long Pit were three Scaup and a Goldeneye.