Archive for December 6th, 2009

6th December 2009, Sunday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlight on a brief visit to Long Pit this morning was a Bittern seen briefly flying from Long Pit to Narrow Pit. Also here at least four Little Egret, 60 Pochard and 40 Tufted Duck. At Castle Water a Marsh Harrier was quartering the reedbeds, while a Pintail was present on the main pit. Finally the ever present Merlin was hunting over Flat Beach late morning.

6th December 2009, Sunday

RX fishermen

RX fishermen say the livelihoods of those with boats under 10m are at risk.
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6th December 2009, Sunday


Thanks to the exceptional rainfall, much of the upper Brede Valley is flooded, but often it seems only Black-headed Gulls are attracted to the giant puddles.
At Doleham however, where management work has provided a mosaic of open water and concealing reeds, hundreds of ducks have taken up residence.
As always, it’s difficult to get an accurate count (thanks to those same usefully concealing reeds) but on Thursday I reckoned there were 300 Teal, 100 Mallard, 80 Gadwall, 50 each of Shoveler & Wigeon and 4 Tufted Ducks.
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