Archive for July 23rd, 2009

23rd July 2009, Thursday

Castle Water

Wader highights today included 12 Green Sandpiper, 15 Common Sandpiper, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 270 Lapwing, 10 Dunlin a Ruff. Two Garganey were again present out from the hide were a Hobby and Peregrine also gave flight views. Bearded Tit were around in good numbers with a total of 14 birds seen in flight from the viewpoint and the reedy margins at the northern end of the main pit.

Ruff and Dunlin from the hide at Castle Water.

23rd July 2009, Thursday

RSPB bumblebees: July 2009

It is getting slightly repetitive saying this, but this week we had yet another record bumblebee count for July on our timed walks on the Dungeness RSPB reserve. This time Pete Akers and I counted 187 bumblebees. The previous best July count was 133 in 2005, and the indications are that the 2009 counts will smash all previous records (hope I am not sticking my neck out too far there!).

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23rd July 2009, Thursday

Orange-winged Amazon in Fairlight

Over the last couple of weeks have heard an unfamiliar call several times in the village of Fairlight, in the Fyrsway and Gorsethorn Way area, by the edge of The Firehills part of Hastings Country Park Local Nature Reserve. I finally tracked down the bird yesterday and it is an Orange-winged Amazon Parrot. Thought I would place the sighting on here in the hope that its’ owner may check the local bird sites looking for it. Thought it may help any birders in the area, who like me couldn’t place the rather loud calls!

Posted on SOS website by Terry Blackman