I had a interesting chat with Roy Gardener (a regular visitor to the reserve) this morning and he reported at least 60 Whimbrel at Castle Water yesterday and at least 30 today. I had a drive around the fields mid morning and found 20 birds feeding. So it seems there are a few Whimbrel about, it’s just a case of finding where they are roosting.
Archive for April 27th, 2012
Highlights over the past few days have included 16 Bar-tailed Godwit and 28 Knot roosting amongst 150+ Oystercatcher along Shore Ridges, an Arctic Skua also lingered offshore chasing terns. On Flat Beach flood and Ternery Pool at least 200 Common Terns and 600 Sandwhich Terns have been present at dawn, yesterday 67 Mediterranean Gulls were roosting along the margins nearest to Parkes Hide, obviously Black-headed Gulls are around in good numbers and are entertaining to watch from any hide at Ternery Pool. At least 6 Little Terns have frequented Flat Beach and Shore Ridges, 50+ Avocet are regular on Harbour Farm pools birds can turn up anywhere on the Beach Reserve. A Merlin is still present and gave good views at Denny Hide this morning. Whimbrel have been thin on the ground the past few days with no birds found leaving the roost on Flat Beach although odd birds have still be heard or seen. At Castle Water 50+ Swallow, 12 Swift and 2 Green Sandpiper were of note yesterday. Three Nightingale have been in song in the wooded scrubby areas at Narrow Pit, behind Rye Harbour Church and along Rye Harbour road.