Archive for March 19th, 2010

19th March 2010, Friday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

A cold and drizzly day was brightened by first a black redstart and then a wheatear on the toilet block roof. A firecrest was in the bushes near Makepeace hide and two avocets were seen at the ARC site. Two Slavonian grebes and two black-necked grebes were still present.

19th March 2010, Friday

Hastings Records (18th March Update)

Records from the Hastings Weald Spring Migration Network throughout the day yesterday recorded good numbers of wildfowl moving east and some grounded migrants along the coast.

Seawatching from West St Leonards and Hastings Harbour produced c.1500 Brent Geese, 50 common scoter, 5 garganey, 17 teal, 13 shoveler, 5 wigeon, 2 pintail, 8 eider, 2 red-breasted merganser, 7 gadwall, and a shelduck. As well as wildfowl a little gull, a marsh harrier, a merlin and a red-necked grebe were recorded moving east, also small numbers of black-headed gull.

Grounded migrants recorded included a firecrest at West Hill and 3 wheatear at Glyne Gap. Three purple sandpiper were also at Glyne Gap.

19th March 2010, Friday

Rye Harbour

A misty damp start this morning but a few highlights were picked out 65 Brent Geese and 18 Pintail were on Flat Beach Flood, 34 Sandwich Terns were roosting along the shore with additional birds at Ternery Pool and 3 Wheatear were present around the grassy area at the River Mouth. Yesterday at least 62 Mediterranean Gull were at Ternery Pool, 2 Bittern were again at the hide at Castle water and 2 Firecrest were in bramble scrub late afternoon at the viewpoint.

Firecrest at Watch Cottage yesterday.