Archive for December 20th, 2009

20th December 2009, Sunday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlights today at Castle Water included a male Smew at the northern end of the pit, two Jack Snipe and seven Ruff on Castle Farm, three Bearded Tit in the Barn Field and a Marsh Harrier from the hide. In addition, freezing of the Bittern Excavation pushed large numbers of wildlfowl on to the main pit, with 400+ each of Wigeon and Teal, 200 Gadwall and 160 Shoveler present here, as well as Snipe, Redshank and Lapwing.


20th December 2009, Sunday

Around Pett

The cold weather has driven masses of Redwings into the village where, urgently plundering Holly berries, they resemble an RSPB Christmas card, or a page from the wonderful Ladybird “What To Look For In Winter”. Lapwings too have moved away from the marsh, perhaps to profit from the thaw on southfacing slopes. Just south of Pett church, at least 30 were on a field where I’ve never previously seen them, accompanied by 2 Golden Plovers.
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