We found 85 bird species today, even though we missed several quite common ones. A Common Swift was over the Long Pits for much of the day, with all 3 hirundines streaming through. Though warblers were keeping their heads down in the cold N wind, we did see or hear Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed Sedge & Common Whitethroat. More unusual duck at Castle Water were 4 Garganey & 3 Pintail. A single Little Tern flew E along the beach.
A lot of birds such as Teal, Golden Plover, Snipe and even Grey Plover displaced by the snow into pastures. High numbers of Blackbirds and Song Thrushes.
Off Cliff End, 318 GC Grebes, 134 RT Divers and 1 BT Diver. 142 dark-bellied Brents near Toot Rock and 3 probable light-bellied Brents with Greylags.
At the Pools, 6 Bearded Tits. 4 Goosanders flew in but vanished. When I checked the RMC/Brede confluence there was a different group of 5.
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In a walk from Cliff End to Castle Water yesterday we found 84 bird species including Brent & Whitefronted (but no Pinkfooted) Geese, 2 Bitterns, Woodcock, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Goldeneye, Pintail, Water Rail, Marsh Harrier, Med Gull and Bearded Tit.
Large numbers of Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and Redwings were arriving at Toot Rock as the mist cleared and, as mentioned in yesterday’s post, Dunlin were widely distributed as well as Snipe.
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Ad male Montagu’s Harrier flying W over Pett Level @08.55 this morning.
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76 species yesterday between Dog’s Hill Road and Castle Water, including Redstart, Nightingale, Tree Sparrow, Turtle Dove, Little Ringed Plover, Green & Common Sandpiper and Greenshank.
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A BLACK KITE flew SSW over our garden in Pett at 18.25.
We found 17 nests of Grey Heron along the cliff this morning, more than twice the previous population. I wonder what the numbers are like at the main local heronry, at Leasam? 33 other species were seen or heard along that section of canal, including Cetti’s Warbler.
In the Brede Valley W of the town, we saw 1 Corn Bunting, 8 Skylarks, a m Marsh Harrier and, unexpectedly, a Black Swan with the Mutes W of Winchelsea Station.
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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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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.
G C Grebes off Pett Level & Winchelsea Beach this afternoon came to 2615.