Archive for December 24th, 2009

24th December 2009, Thursday

Christmas Greetings From Pett Level!

24th December 2009, Thursday

Hastings Goshawk

At 10.15 a GOSHAWK seen from my large west facing window. Flapping westward then turning into the wind and going south quite low over Alexandra Park,, Hastings. An immature – probably a male although the size of a Common Buzzard.
Posted by Andrew Grace on www.sos.org.uk

24th December 2009, Thursday

Pett Level


A big flock of Wigeon has been present for several days, grazing out on the pasture. They were west of the Pools this morning, when I counted 500. Gadwall are feeding close to the road again. Many hundreds of Lapwings are scattered across the marsh, rising periodically in alarm as raptors pass – this morning a Peregrine and 2 Marsh Harriers. A single Raven was in attendance and out on the sea a few GC Grebe silhouettes bobbed among the Farrow & Ball waves; I counted 70 the other day when it was calmer.

24th December 2009, Thursday

Rye Harbour

Highlights over the past few days have included 2 Bittern and Kingfisher from the viewpoint, Green Sandpiper at Ternery Pool, 220 Curlew  and Black-tailed Godwit on Harbour Farm pools. Mediterranean Gull, 35 Dunlin, 26 Grey Plover and 6 Knot along the shore, Merlin along Shore Ridges, Black and Red-throated Diver offshore, 17 Shelduck and 5 Brent Geese on Flat Beach.