Archive for February 27th, 2009

27th February 2009, Friday

Lawnpeckers

Despite the presence of peanut feeders the greater spotted woodpecker is only an occasional visitor to our garden, with only one bird noted during the past year on my BTO garden birdwatch list.  Far more frequent is the green woodpecker, and today a bird spent an entertaining hour on our back garden lawn drumming away at a particular patch making quite a hole.

Green woodpecker

Green woodpecker

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27th February 2009, Friday

Hastings Country Park NR


The entire stretch of these remarkable cliffs can be seen from nowhere but the sea or the air. It is possible to walk along the beach but essential to check tides before doing so. If you walk too close to the cliffs, you risk being hit by a rock fall, but if you try to pass too far down the beach, the boulders are very, very slippery.
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27th February 2009, Friday

Pett


The area is mobbed with Black-headed and Common Gulls, moving back north to their breeding grounds in the Netherlands, Denmark, Fennoscandia and the Baltic States. The movements of gulls are quite well documented thanks to ringing studies, which in turn are well furnished with data since gulls are fairly easy to ring, nesting as so many do in colonies on the ground. In addition, their propensity to gather in dense flocks at rubbish tips and coastal roosts has made it possible to trap large numbers by using cannon-nets.
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27th February 2009, Friday

RSPB Dungeness

Highlights over the past week: Up to three Slavonian grebes and the the long-staying black-necked grebe; up to three bitterns; 14 goosanders; one jack snipe; water pipit; Dartford warbler; firecrest.

27th February 2009, Friday

Rye Harbour

From the viewpoint this morning 26 Little Egrets were counted leaving the roost, a Bittern gave good flight views as did a Barn Owl, several Bearded Tits and 2 Cetti’s Warblers were calling from the nearest reeds, a party of 8 Long-tailed Tits and a Chiffchaff were present in the willows. Yesterday on the Beach Reserve highlights included 500 Knot and 170 Curlew along the shore and a Merlin at the Wader Pool.