Archive for December 28th, 2009

28th December 2009, Monday

Past few days

Highlights over the past few days 400 Wigeon, 350 Teal, 6 Pintail, drake Smew, 34 Snipe, Woodcock and 3 Marsh Harrier at Castle Water. Roosting waders on the Beach Reserve have included 370 Curlew split between Harbour Farm pools and Flat Beach, 160 Dunlin along shore Ridges, 245 Golden Plover and 300 Lapwing on Flat Beach. A Merlin showed well at Ternery Pool were small groups of Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall and a lone Scaup have been present. Several Red-throated Diver were lingering offshore out from the Old Lifeboat House.

28th December 2009, Monday

Odd record of the year?

Wildlife sometimes turns up in the strangest of places. The most peculiar record I have heard about this year was the common seal that was feeding on goldfish in a garden pond, 18 miles inland at Benenden, having presumable navigated up the River Rother. Had it been my pond I would have been putting it down to too much Christmas alcohol.