Archive for November, 2009

20th November 2009, Friday

RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve

On 20th November the great white egret was still in the Denge marsh area. A cattle egret was seen in the fields near Boulderwall Farm, where a bittern was also seen flying. Highlights of the previous few days included two penduline tits in the reeds near ARC Hanson hide on 19 November and two glossy ibis on the pools near Boulderwall Farm on 18 November.

20th November 2009, Friday

Beach Reserve

A Red-necked Grebe provided this mornings highlight (before the wind and rain closed in) first on Ternery Pool and then in flight low over the shore heading out to sea. A scattering of Curlew, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover and Sanderling were present along the shore,19 Skylark and 2 Rock Pipit were on the saltmarsh by the Red Roofed Hut.

17th November 2009, Tuesday

Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning included 2 Red Breasted Merganser in flight over Ternery Pool, Merlin along Shore Ridges, 3 Rock Pipit at Wader Pool, 29 Turnstone at the River Mouth, 300 Lapwing and 60 Golden Plover on Flat Beach Level, several Green woodpecker were found feeding at various places within the Beach Reserve.

Green woodpecker at Ternery Pool

17th November 2009, Tuesday

Wildlife Events 2010

A leaflet describing the events organised by Rye Harbour Nature Reserve for next year is now available for download from the WildRye website. A hard copy will be distributed to all Friends of the nature reserve or you can pick one up at the Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre from December. Wildlife events in the whole RX area can be found from the “wildlife events” link in the left column.

16th November 2009, Monday

Recent insects around Rye

The Sprawler is an uncommon late autumn moth of broadleaved woodland – this was my first, trapped in Rye on 12th, and a different one turned up this morning. Also by the trap today was a Pine Weevil (Hylobius abietis). This afternoon at Playden Church, a Red Admiral and a male Common Darter were still on the wing despite the blustery conditions.

15th November 2009, Sunday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlights today included a male Marsh Harrier over Narrow Pits early afternoon, 95 Sanderling, 30 Grey Plover and 27 Turnstone on the shore early morning and 83 Curlew and 54 Golden Plover in flight over the Beach Reserve at dusk.

turnstone

15th November 2009, Sunday

Between the showers

The tide was almost high and the sea was choppy but not rough like it has been in the past few days, the marsh was looking more like a marsh with more surface water about, also the pools were looking much better in the water levels. There was a good selection of surface feeding ducks with 50 Mallard, 20 Gadwall, 30 Shoveler, 80 Wigeon, 100 Teal the only diving duck l saw was 1 Common Scoter onthe sea. Waders seen were 1200 Lapwing, 150/200 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 20 Snipe, 1 Green Sand and 50 Oystercatcher west. Birds of prey were in good supply as well with 2 Marsh Harriers ( 1 male, 1 cream head) 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrow Hawk. Other birds of interest were 2 Rock Pipits. Good bird watching Pete.

15th November 2009, Sunday

RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve

A great northern diver flew in and landed on the ARC pit in front of the hide this afternoon, shortly followed by two penduline tits. The great white egret is still at Denge marsh, where a bittern was also seen today. A male goosander was on Burrowes pit this morning along with some goldeneye.

14th November 2009, Saturday

RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve

Despite the gusty weather the following have been seen on the reserve: great white egret flying at Denge marsh, cattle egret on the fields near Boulderwall farm and two glossy ibis on the lakes near Boudlerwall farm. Also some goldeneye on Burrowes pit and a Caspian gull on the ARC site.

14th November 2009, Saturday

Stormy Day

The forecast 80mph gusts and heavy rain have yet to materialise, by mid-day the maximum gust has only been 53mph! (64mph @ 3.30pm) So wildlife watching along the coast is limited with most birds seeking shelter inland.

waves