Archive for September, 2011
October is probably the best time to search for Bearded Tits at Castle Water, recently a group of 11 birds have been regular infront of the hide and have given absolutely fantastic close views, additional groups of birds have been at the viewpoint and along the margins at the northern end of the main pit. Other highlights this morning included 2 Bittern, 55 Little Egret, Barn owl, Water Rail, several Cetti’s Warbler, Grey Wagtail and 45 Wigeon.
Another glorious day began with the great white egret on Burrowes pit. After flying around the point for a bit it returned to its favoured spot at Denge Marsh. A spotted flycatcher, blackcaps and plenty of chiffchaffs were in Christmas Dell, there were a few golden plovers among the lapwings on Burrowes pit and a grey plover was seen from Firth hide.
The buff-breasted sandpiper that was here a week ago was spotted again this afternoon from the Hanson-ARC hide and a bittern is showing really well on New Excavations as I write.
Two Cranes were seen flying over Rye Harbour this evening around 6.45 from East Guldeford way heading up the Brede Valley. Reported by Tony Pierce. [it looks like they ended up at Pevenesey for a few days]
On the18th September 2011, saw large numbers of warblers in the trees bushes all along, the tree lines of the marsh, with Chiffchaff and Blackcap making up the bulk numbers, but it was nice seeing a Garden Warbler at Pett, my first at Pett for a long time, also my first Spotted Flycatcher,for the year, and a welcome Whinchat. On a downward note was missing the male Montagus Harrier,which must of flown right over Carters flood hide while l was in it, but Cliff tried his very best for me to see it, thanks Cliff. But I did have 2 adult winter plumage Med Gulls flying over the pools later in the morning. On the 25th September, it was the first time the tide was high in the morning, for weeks, which brought more sightings on the seaward side, for a change, with 2 Black Tern and two sightings of a Arctic Skua, there are still Comic Terns, Sandwich Terns and Gannets fishing in the bay, The raptors started off with a Peregrine Falcon flying south out to sea, there were 4 different Marsh Harriers through the course of the morning, 3 Buzzard,1 Hobby,1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk. Waders 6 Redshank,2 Greenshank 4 Ruff, 1 Bl.T.Godwit,1 Common Sand,2 Ringed Plover 1 Golden Plover,4 Dunlin, 3 Snipe. And to finish the morning off there was a nice male Stonechat in the bushes near Toot Rock drive in. Good bird watching Pete.
A misty start seemed to bring a few migrants to ground, with several chiffchaffs seen around Boulderwall Farm and the main car park and redstart, blackcap and stonechat all near Hide 1. As the mist cleared a few small flocks of swallows were seen flying over the car park. Panic among the lapwings on Burrowes pit alerted us to a passing buzzard mid-morning and two visitors later reported a group of four common buzzards flying over and two honey buzzards over Denge Marsh. Bittern, great white egret and kingfisher were also seen at Denge Marsh, whilst 200+ golden plovers were at the ARC site. Black-tailed godwit, snipe, grey plover, curlew and raven were also of note.
A trail camera was left out at Ternery Pool for two weeks and has provided some interesting videos.
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Still good numbers of waders on Flat Beach at the moment, a count this morning finding 248 Oystercatcher, 223 Dunlin, 93 Ringed Plover, six Knot, three each of Sanderling and Curlew Sandpiper and singles of Ruff, Grey Plover and Little Stint. In addition, at least 67 Golden Plover were roosting on the new saltmarsh next to Lime Kiln Cottage late morning, while at least four Little Egret were feeding in the channels (there have been up to nine in the main channel in recent days).
A Clouded Yellow butterfly was frequently settling on ragwort along the high bank at the back of Bourne’s (Harbour Road) this afternoon.