Archive for December 3rd, 2009

3rd December 2009, Thursday

Rye Harbour Sightings

A good range of species on Long Pit late morning included a Slavonian Grebe, 95 Pochard, 57 Tufted Duck and three Little Egret. On Flat Beach Level waders included around 500 Lapwing, 67 Golden Plover and smaller numbers of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Redshank, all this activity attracting the attentions of a Merlin.

Merlin
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3rd December 2009, Thursday

Beach Reserve

Highlights over the past few days have included 65 Knot, 70 Sanderling, 26 Grey Plover, 20 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover and 300 Curlew roosting along Shore Ridges. Barn Owl, Merlin and Marsh Harrier on Harbour Farm.

3rd December 2009, Thursday

Detached moorlog


The recent storms have boken off slabs of moorlog,which now lie scattered along Pett beach. They originate from about 5000 years ago when the sea level was lower and forest extended into what is now Rye Bay. The returning salt water killed then pickled the forest, fallen onto its bed of blue clay, blanketing it with silt.
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3rd December 2009, Thursday

Hornbeam hedges


All through the countryside of the RX hinterland are strange forms like the one above, where a once carefully tended hedgerow has been abandoned to its true destination of treehood.
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3rd December 2009, Thursday

Wednesday (the dry day) in the Weald

07.50: Taking advantage of a long-awaited break in the rain, leave home early to do a tetrad survey out near Battle.
08.10: Wife phones to ask whether I might have taken her car keys………….
08.40: Hastings gridlocked with School Run traffic, take circuitous route to Battle…
08.55: Battle gridlocked…
09.15: Arrive Robin’s house, Mountfield.
09.20: Bag containing “wellies” actually contains “waterproof trousers”…
09.25: Robin kindly lends me his size 10 boots & I clump off like a pantomime giant…

You can predict what’s going to be there from the photo. Marshy wood to the left: Marsh Tit, Treecreeper. Alders along the river: Goldfinch, Siskin, Redpoll. House: House Sparrow, mixed tits, Pied Wagtail, Rough field: Yellowhammer, Buzzard, Everywhere: Crow, Magpie, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Wren.
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