Archive for August, 2009

31st August 2009, Monday

Rye Harbour Sightings

A fine selection of birds at Castle Water today included at least two Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Wheatear and small numbers of Snipe, Greenshank, and Green Sandpiper. In addition, at least seven Whimbrel, four Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank were on the new pools on Harbour Farm, while small numbers of Yellow Wagtail were present on the Beach Reserve.

30th August 2009, Sunday

Pett Pools badly need some Rain

Sunday 30th August 09. The Pools are in need of some more rain, or the pools will be all dried up before the autumn passage starts properly. This morning was much the same as last Friday evening, with 5 Greenshank, 11 B.T.Godwit, 18 Dunlin, 16 Avocet, 6 Ring Plover, 2 L.R.Plover, the only difference being in some of the numbers. Other waders today 1Knot and 2 Whimbrel, l never saw any Common Sand at all today. Birds of prey were in good supply this morning with 2 Peregrines ( 1adult 1imm.) 1 Buzzard, 1Marsh Harrier (imm) which flew west along the sea wall, and a  Sparrow Hawk. There was 16 Heron and 7 Little Egret all on one pool, quite a sight. Good bird watching Pete.

30th August 2009, Sunday

Cold Lizards

Recent cold, but sunny mornings have been ideal for watching Common Lizards warming up in the sun. In this short video look carefully for the second lizard.

29th August 2009, Saturday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Three black-necked grebes were on New Diggings, the great white egret was still on Denge Marsh and the red-backed shrike remained near the return trail. There were sightings of single honey and common buzzards flying over. Waders included little ringed plover, dunlin, black-tailed godwit, greenshank and common sandpiper. A lone black tern was seen over Burrowes pit and a grasshopper warbler was seen near the Hooker’s pit viewpoint.

29th August 2009, Saturday

Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning included 235 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper and 211 Canada Geese on the pools behind Ternery Pool and at least 150 Yellow Wagtail were present along Shore Ridges.

28th August 2009, Friday

Shingle Pools

A fine selection of grasshoppers and crickets were found in short and long grass around several  small  shingle pools on the Beach Reserve this afternoon, Grey Bush Cricket , Short-winged Conehead, Mottled, Lesser Marsh and Field Grasshopper were found. Seperating Slender and Cepero’s Groundhoper also provided interest.

Female Grey Bush Cricket

28th August 2009, Friday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

The great white egret and red-backed shrike are still present today. Ten garganey were on Denge Marsh yesterday and three on the ARC pit, where 15 black-tailed godwits, a kingfisher and grey wagtail were also seen.

27th August 2009, Thursday

Rye Harbour

Highlights over the past few days have included 2 Wood Sandpiper, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher and Hobby at Castle Water. On the Beach Reserve 2 Greenshank, 93 Ringed plover, 60 Dunlin, 125 OystercatcherArctic Skua and Peregrine.

26th August 2009, Wednesday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

A juvenile red-backed shrike (presumably the same bird that was seen on Sunday) was found in scrub by the return trail this afternoon. The great white egret remained at Denge Marsh, where six garganey were also present. A knot and a common sandpiper were seen on Burrowes pit and a green sandpiper was at the ARC site. At least five wheatears were seen this morning alongside the access track.

25th August 2009, Tuesday

Temminck’s Stint

Today there was a Temminck’s Stint at the roadside Pool at Pett Level. In the photo note the slightly downcurved bill and clear bib – it should have pale legs, but the pool is very muddy!
Photo by e-mail from Neville Richardson.