Archive for November 4th, 2009

4th November 2009, Wednesday

The Joys of TQ71 U


Once more a bounden slave in the trammels of Atlassing, I’ve been revisiting the Land of Codes and The Mystery of the Second Hour in the varied countryside on the edge of RXland between Sedlescombe and Whatlington. Very varied: I got two new habitat ticks viz Vineyard and Airfield.
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4th November 2009, Wednesday

RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve

Three bittern have been seen in the Hookers pits/Denge marsh area. The great white egret is still at Denge marsh. Two Bewick’s swan are on the ARC site along with some goldeneye and pintail. A rather scruffy looking male goosander has been entertaining visitors to the centre.

4th November 2009, Wednesday

Woodpigeons again


Back on the Bernard Ince memorial bench, squinting into the bright sunshine as flocks arrive straight off the sea, out of the sun above the luminous ripple of the Pas de Calais. I can’t see them till they’re right on top of me and once was first alerted by shadows flicking across my notebook page.
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4th November 2009, Wednesday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlights today on the Beach Reserve were a Merlin again on the shore ridges, 29 Sanderling and 13 Grey Plover along the shore, and 200+ Lapwing and 100+ Golden Plover on Flat Beach Level. In addition, a Marsh Harrier, 14 Grey Partridge and two Corn Bunting were present on Harbour Farm.