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15th April 2012, Sunday

Winchelsea Beach – Rye Harbour

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.

9th February 2012, Thursday

Pett Level

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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.
More details on my blog.

7th February 2012, Tuesday

On the levels

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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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18th September 2011, Sunday

Montagu’s Harrier

Ad male Montagu’s Harrier flying W over Pett Level @08.55 this morning.
More details in due course on RXbirdwalks.

4th August 2011, Thursday

Winchelsea Beach birds

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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.
More details on my blog.

17th May 2011, Tuesday

Garden tick

A BLACK KITE flew SSW over our garden in Pett at 18.25.

30th March 2011, Wednesday

Around Winchelsea

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.
Read more on RXbirdwalks

30th January 2011, Sunday

Alexandra Park, Hastings

A beautiful morning, with lots of birdsong including Blackcap. Many common birds but more unusual were Kingfisher, 2 Firecrests, Med Gull and Little Egret.
Read more on RXbirdwalks.

26th January 2011, Wednesday

Brede Valley

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.

David Rowlands

24th January 2011, Monday

Pett Level

G C Grebes off Pett Level & Winchelsea Beach this afternoon came to 2615.