Sunday 9th August 6.45am to 12.30 pm. Unfortunately no sign of the Pectoral Sand which was seen on Friday along with 3 Spotted Redshanks seen on the same day. But back to today, it started as I got out of my van with a young cream head Marsh Harrier hunting over the most western pool, without much luck, it has been 2 months since I have seen a Marsh Harrier at Pett. A Peregrine Falcon flew over the pools about half hour later and took up a perch on some mud which has been dug out of the ditches just north of the three gates, and stayed there for a good while. Waders seen this morning were 2,Green Sands, 4,Common Sands, 1,Greenshank, 1,Redshank, 4,L.R.Plover, 1,Ringed Plover, 2,Avocet, 4,Dunlin, also 3,Snipe which actually came in off the sea, not a thing seen every day! Heres looking for more to come good bird watching Pete.
Archive for August 9th, 2009
Twelve people turned out today in lovely weather for the Big Friends Walk and were rewarded with a fine range of species. At Ternery Pool, highlights were (both visible from the Parkes hide) a Wood Sandpiper and a young Peregrine, the latter actually coming off worst in a tussle with the remains of the Common Tern colony, while 23 Golden Plover roosted on Flat Beach and two Greenshank were seen in flight over Harbour Farm. At Castle Water, the best of the bunch was a Dartford Warbler in gorse scrub near the hide, with several Green Sandpiper and a Ruff seen from the hide itself.