Archive for December 27th, 2009

27th December 2009, Sunday

Pett Sea Wall

Maybe for the last time this year, l was on the sea wall again, where there was quite a bit to see, on the marsh pools but not much again on the sea. Again large flocks of dabbling ducks with upto 300 Wigeon, 80 Teal with smaller numbers of Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall with the number being around 4/500 ducks in all. There was also 6 Tufted, 4 Pochard and 2 Goldeneye ( red heads) on the pools, but again only 1Common Scoter west over the sea. There was four species of Geese on the marsh with 86 G.L.Geese, 8 W.F.Geese, 4 Brents and 30/40 Canada Geese grazing on the marsh. Waders were in good numbers with 1500/2000 Lapwing, 300 Curlew, 60 Golden Plover, 4 Ruff, 20 Redshank, 30 Turnsone, 150 Dunlin, on the marsh, 10/15 Grey Plover on the beach. So imagine what it looked like when a scare happened, the whole marsh took to the air at least twice, the reasons being 2 Peregrines ( which spent alot of the time resting on the field just north of eastern most pool) 1 Marsh Harrier ( showing signs of being one of this years birds), and a male Kestrel.In the bay there was a few G.C.Grebe and R.T.Divers flying up and down but not much else. It was nice seeing a Fieldfare at the pools, l cannot remember the last time that l saw one of them at the pools. I hope you all had a good Xmas and that you all have a Happy New Year. Pete.

27th December 2009, Sunday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlights at Castle Water this afternoon were a male Smew, three Pintail (including two drake), a male Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine. In addition two Goldeneye were on the new pits near Harbour Farm Barns late morning.

Lapwing and Wigeon at Castle Water