Archive for September 27th, 2009

27th September 2009, Sunday

Fine-leaved water-dropwort

One of the more characteristic plants of the grazing marsh ditches at East Guldeford is fine-leaved water-dropwort Oenanthe aquatica, a species that in early spring has divided leaves that look very much like an aquatic plant, but as the summer progresses it emerges above water level with a characteristic swollen stem that has fine ridges running down it, with cross joints where the leaf stems emerge. The flowers are packed into white umbels.


Right now flowering is mostly over and Read the rest of this entry »

27th September 2009, Sunday

Hastings Country Park

Lots of Chiffchaffs around Warren Glen and Place Farm on this still and sunny morning, several Wheatears, 3 Stonechats and a Whinchat, as well as hundreds of House Martins whirling overhead. As I sat on the edge of the landslip below Lovers’ Seat, I heard a Dartford Warbler buzzing and a short while later it burst into song from the tops of bushes nearby, before being joined by a grey female or juvenile. But as I moved to get a better view, a QUAIL burst up from the rough grass at my feet and whirred off downhill uttering odd little piping noises. Although I’ve heard them before in this country, this was the first time for many years that I’d actually set eyes on one. It might even be the first record for the Country Park.
A short while later, I came across 2 Firecrests at the eastern end of Fairlight Glen.
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27th September 2009, Sunday

Rye Harbour

A few highlights from this morning: Redstart, Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper, 100+ Meadow Pipit and Peregrine at Castle Water, from the Beach Reserve 270 Golden Plover, 15 Corn Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat and Marsh Harrier.

27th September 2009, Sunday

Mystery photo

This weekend I revisited the dry grazing marsh at Rye that I walked over last week, and as I passed a rare puddle of water in one of the ditches my attention was drawn to a commotion on the surface of the water. Large numbers of bubbles were rising to the surface, agitated by something moving under the very turbid water. Read the rest of this entry »