Slim pickings (no, not the actor) over recent days but there has a been a few highlights, 85 White-fronted Geese over the Beach Reserve, Merlin and 5 Goldeneye (2 drake) at Ternery Pool, 34 Knot and 18 Grey Plover along the shore. At Castle Water four Bittern, 3 Pintail and 2 Marsh Harrier were reported on Saturday (Keith Gabriel).
Archive for January, 2011
A beautiful morning, with lots of birdsong including Blackcap. Many common birds but more unusual were Kingfisher, 2 Firecrests, Med Gull and Little Egret.
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A count at Boulderwall Farm first thing this morning produced: great spotted woodpecker (1), wood pigeon (1), reed bunting (6), blue tit (4), blackbird (2), dunnock (2), tree sparrow (3), great tit (4), robin (1), moorhen (2), house sparrow (7), chaffinch (1), magpie (2) and sparrowhawk (1). The latter flew in scattering all before it and then sat around on the bird table for several minutes – thus bringing the count to an early end! Beautiful bird though.
The usual suspects were still around Dungeness reserve yesterday, with visitors willing to brave the chill wind getting sightings of black-necked and Slavonian grebes, smew, bittern and Bewick’s swan.
The Environment Agency is starting the final phase of the Habitat Creation Project at Rye Harbour Farm next week with the construction of the culverts and outfall structures close to Lime Kiln Cottage. For more info and a link to their latest newsletter click here.
26th Jan 2011 at Little Cheyne Court. Optimum water levels maintained across the SSSI which continues to attract large concentrations of waterfowl. 71 Bewicks, 420 White fronts, 73 Barnacle geese, 300+ Greylags, 330 teal, 80+ Shoveler, 50 Pintail, 6000 Lapwing, 600 Golden Plover, 300 Dunlin.
In addition 1 adult male Hen Harrier hunting across SSSI with attendant Merlin
I did a circular walk along the 1066 path from the Queen’s Head to Lower Snailham then back along the Brede this morning (Jan 25th).
No sign of the hen harrier but male Marsh was over the Doleham reeds again and 2 peregrines and 3 buzzards over Snailham Wood.
6+ skylarks, 6 reed buntings by the market gardens, 50+ linnets and one yellowhammer by Snailham Halt, 6 tufted duck and 4 water pipits on/by the Brede.
Flat Beach looks great after the recent sequence of high tides, today the flood attracted 800 Lapwing, 350 Golden Plover, 100 Dunlin, 38 Redshank, 28 Shelduck and 25 Grey Plover, roosting gulls included 800 Herring Gull, 60 Common Gull and 300 Black-headed Gull. Peregrine and Merlin have also been present and have given fantastic views.
Lapwings and Golden Plovers
Sightings seen from the sea wall on the 16th and the 23rd January 2010. It was around 7.45 am when I got to Pett Pools on the 16th, the wind was a direct southerly force 4/5 in stenght, the sea was rough, but not to bad for sea watching, with the over-cast conditions the light was good for sea watch, and for a change the birds never let the good conditions down. Between 8am and 9am there was 1500/2000 auks moving in a westerly direction, sometimes with 4/5 trains seen together, and 3/4 in depth, and also more coming off the sea to join them, most of the in shore birds were Razorbill with the Guillemots flying further out to sea,also with them were 40/50 Gannets, 6/800 Kittiwake,10 Fulmar, 3/400 R.T.Diver,9 B.T.Diver and 2 Eiders on the sea ( 1st year males). Another unusual count was over 300 Cormorants roosting on the banks of the most eastern pool. This Sunday there was still very large numbers of Auks, but this week they seem to be keeping in the bay, not like last week. This weeks high light was when Cliff counted 2000 G.C.Grebes at high tide. There is still W.Fronts and 2 pale bellied Brent Geese on the marsh. Good bird watching Pete.
PS: 39 Whitefronts this morning (Tues), 2 Barnacle, 4 Brents (2 each of dark & light) Cliff Dean
G C Grebes off Pett Level & Winchelsea Beach this afternoon came to 2615.
Bewick’s swan – varying numbers roosted overnight on the ARC pit. Goldeneye – up to six on the ARC pit or Burrowes pit. Smew – up to 18, including two males. Goosander – up to three around the site. Black-necked grebe – one on Denge Marsh or New Excavations all week. Slavonian grebe – one on New Excavations from 19th. Bittern – up to five seen around the site. Sightings at Scott hide, the ARC site, Denge Marsh and New Excavations. Glossy ibis – one form 11th to 19th beyond the lakes near Boulderwall Farm. Hen harrier – a female flew over the ARC site on 21st. Glaucous gull – an immature bird was seen on Burrowes pit on 23rd. Snipe – several around the site. Chiffchaff – two or three at the ARC site. Dartford warbler – one in Christmas Dell on 19th. Raven – two flying around the area from 20th.