Archive for October 29th, 2009

29th October 2009, Thursday

Looking out from the new hide

The new Steve Denny hide at the W end of the Quarry, opposite Ternery Pool, opened two days ago, and this was the view out this afternoon looking towards Camber. Although the islands and far shore look very distant here, they’re well within binocular range, though with this amount of water a telescope is needed for very small waders and passerines. There’s quite a length of margin much nearer at the left and right sides. Midday to afternoons are best with the sun behind the hide. Waders today were c.100 Lapwings, 20 Golden and 2 Grey Plover, 3 Curlew, a Dunlin and several Redshanks, also a Little Egret, 4 Shoveler and a few Teal and Little Grebes. Early days yet but this hide is sure to turn up a few surprises.

29th October 2009, Thursday

Gossamer

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This afternoon’s warm sun and calm conditions produced an amazing display of silvery silk strands everywhere. It must have been ideal conditions for spiderlings to go ballooning. Find out more about gossamer here.

29th October 2009, Thursday

Rye Harbour

Highlights at Castle Water today included 3 Marsh Harrier, 15 Snipe, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Migrant Hawker from the viewpoint, a Firecrest and Clouded Yellow showed well at the hide were 6oo Lapwing and 250 Wigeon were also present. Along Narrow Pit around 80 House Sparrows were enjoying the puddles along the track, a Brambling was also present amongst the flock. Highlights from the Beach Reserve/Harbour Farm during the week have included 28 Corn Bunting, 2 Greenshank, 270 Golden Plover, 2 Brambling, 48 Siskin, 3 Crossbill and Clouded Yellow.

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