The cattle egret and great white egret were on Denge Marsh all day, although they disappeared from view on several occasions. They were joined later by two glossy ibises. At least a dozen bearded tits were active in the reedbed below the Hooker’s pits viewpoint first thing and a bittern was also seen. A stone-curlew was found in the sheep field near Dengemarsh Road at about 4.30.
Archive for October 18th, 2009
I started bird watching while I was driving along the road towards Pett Pools, just before it got light, with a Barn Owl hunting along the road side, with the owl also hunting over the road side pool before flying off towards Carters. Its good to say that there is still water in the pools, with mainly ducks taking advantage of the water level with Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard and Shelduck on the pools. The only waders on the pools were 1Green Sand, 8 Dunlin 9 Redshank, 80 Lapwing with about 200 Curlew scattered over the marsh. There was at least 3 Cettis Wablers calling at the pools, and two more between the Toot Rock bridge and the bridge leading to Carters Flood. There was not much on Carters at all, but there was a roost of 6 Little Egrets on the branches of a dead tree just east of Carters on the old sea cliffs. Raptors seen were Kestrel, Buzzard cream head Marsh Harrier. Good bird watching Pete.
A circuit via Harbour Barns, the beach road and Ternery Pool in this morning’s brilliant sunshine produced a Bittern seen well in flight at Narrow Pits, plus Stonechat, Small Copper and Migrant Hawker by the barns, 2 Ruddy Ducks on Long Pit, and 2 Clouded Yellows - a white-winged female “helice” by the Parkes Hide track and a “normal” yellow individual by the caravan site track. It was also good to see the new Steve Denny hide in position (but not yet open), which will give great views over the Quarry and Flat Beach, now the best areas for waders on the reserve.