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10th May 2006, Wednesday

Pannel Valley NR

As the weather warms up, many early butterflies and dragonflies can be seen on the wing. A butterfly survey on the reserve today revealed 11 species, including typical early species such as Peacock and Red Admiral, as well as less expected species like Small Copper and Green Hairstreak. If you are interested in surveying butterflies in your area then please visit http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/bnm/index.html.

Green Hairstreak

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4th May 2006, Thursday

Pannel Valley NR

An Osprey investigated the various ponds and lakes about the reserve this afternoon before being driven off by an assortment of Black-headed Gulls, Common Terns and crows.

4th May 2006, Thursday

Dengemarsh Gully

Seawatching in a light NE wind between 05.45-7.30 was dominated by Gannets but a good variety of birds were on the move including skuas and waders.

              Gannets

Totals from the morning included: 270 Gannet, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 6 Kittiwake, 130 Sandwich Tern, 83 Common Tern, 13 Little Tern, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling, 9 Whimbrel and 26 Common Scoter.

3rd May 2006, Wednesday

Palley Valley NR

A survey of the reedbed and surrounding areas this morning produced two new birds for the year in the form of a fine Whinchat and two Turtle Dove.

               Whinchat  

Counts of common migrants included, 2 Hobby, 3 Swift, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 26 Sedge Warbler, 46 Reed Warbler, 19 Whitethroat and 3 Garden Warbler.

19th April 2006, Wednesday

Pannel Valley NR

A Cattle Egret was present around Carters flood at the back of Pett Level for approximately 30 minutes prior to dusk yesterday before flying off east with a Little Egret towards Rye Harbour. A thorough search this morning drew a blank. Also present were a male Pied Flycatcher, 45 Swallow and 2 House Martin.

Away from the reserve, a female Redstart was found at Winchelsea Beach.

6th April 2006, Thursday

Pannel Valley NR

A small arrival of migrants this morning included 4 Willow Warbler, male and female Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler and the first Whitethroat of the year near the scrape. Overhead, 2 Yellow Wagtail headed inland with small numbers of Meadow Pipit and a Marsh Harrier was hunting over the reedbed. Surprises around Carters flood included a Raven and a male Mandarin Duck. Finally, 21 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Siskin could still be found in the alders.

4th April 2006, Tuesday

Pannel Valley NR

A Short-eared Owl found yesterday evening was still present this morning and continuing the wintery feel were two Redwing, 23 Lesser Redpoll and a Brambling.

Yesterday, a light scattering of migrants included 2 Willow Warbler, a singing Firecrest, 6 Swallow and 50 Siskin. Duck numbers have gradually decreased but 6 Pintail, 22 Wigeon and 40 Teal can still be found on the scrape and at Carters flood. Two sunbathing Grass Snakes were disturbed in the afternoon.

29th March 2006, Wednesday

Dengemarsh Gully

Two Firecrests, 5 Chiffchaffs and 4 Redwings were in the low gorse and a single Wheatear was also present this morning. A further Firecrest and 10 Redwings were in the small wood besides Scotney GP.

16th March 2006, Thursday

Pannel Valley

A diverse selection of birds yesterday included a trio of raptors, Hen Harrier, Merlin and Peregrine and good counts of duck most notably 14 Pintail on the scrape, as well as 100+ Wigeon on Carter’s flood. 11 Ruff were on the flood and over 100 Fieldfares still came to roost in the reedbed.

Of note from the 14th was a Long Eared Owl perched by the scrape.

6th March 2006, Monday

Pannel Valley

On a moody evening, a single Marsh Harrier, 300+ Fieldfares and 26 Pied Wagtails came into roost in the reedbed. A female Merlin and a Woodcock were also seen in fading light. Earlier there was a marked increase in Snipe numbers with 19 around the reserve and 82 Shoveler was a high count.