Pett Pool,Sea wall and Carters flood

18th October 2009, Sunday

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.