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12th June 2012, Tuesday

Jackdaws with colour rings

As part of a national study of adult bird survival, the Rye Bay Ringing Group has started colour ringing Jackdaws. Each bird gets a white ring with a unique combination of 2 black letters/numbers read from the foot up. We would be very grateful for details of the ring, place and date of sightings. Contact

21st May 2012, Monday

Pett Pools

The pools were again quiet this weekend. There are still three drake Wigeon, and eight tardy Curlew have still not left for their breeding grounds. A single Little Gull hawking over the pools was probably the highlight. There were quite a few low flying Swift and Swallow and a single Hobby appeared to be struggling to find food.

29th April 2012, Sunday

Pett Level

The pools were again quiet with two tardy male Wigeon perhaps being the highlight mid afternoon. There were however 23 Whimbrel and four Black-tailed Godwit on the nearby felds. The only migrants seen from the sea wall were two Yellow Wagtail arriving in off the sea. On the old cliff line at the back of the levels there were 40+ Swift and two House Martin. The sea itself was also very quiet

22nd April 2012, Sunday

Pett Pools

The pools were very quiet in a strong, cold breeze. A Swallow hawking over the water and at least three singing Reed Warbler were the only sign of summer. Later there were two Whimbrel on the beach. Most of the winter visitors have now gone with only one male Wigeon, a single Brent Goose and six Curlew present.

2nd April 2012, Monday

Pett Pools

A session at the pools on Sunday was very quiet with the majority of Coot and Wigeon having departed. Apart from Tufted Duck, all duck numbers were low. The edge of the roadside pool held 8 Ruff, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and small numbers of both Redshank and Oystercatcher. Birds of prey were represented by single Peregrine, Kestrel and Marsh Harrier. During the hour that I was standing on the sea wall with Pete Rouse there was a trickle of Linnet moving eastwards with at least fourteen small groups going through. I have also just received details of three Herring Gull that I have seen at the pools with red rings during March, all three were ringed in Essex.

19th March 2012, Monday


During the heavy rain on Saturday night I was at Fairlight at 23.15 and could hear a good movement of Redwing  overhead. The surprise to me was that it was pouring down and had been most of the evening. I always thought that birds would not migrate during heavy rain with no moon or stars visible. On Sunday morning there were certainly more Redwing in the lanes around Icklesham with separate flocks of 120, 80 and 60 present.

10th March 2012, Saturday

Pett Level

The sea was flat calm but apart from Great Crested Grebe there was little on it. A few Red-throated Diver passed west and two small groups of Brent Geese passed eastwards. On the levels themselves the four Pink-footed Geese were still present, as was the Bar-headed Goose. A Peregrine kept putting everything into the air and at least two Ruff were still present.

28th February 2012, Tuesday

Med Gulls continued

In a recent post Barry appeals for help in reading local colour rings. I already have details of both birds as they have been seen in previous years.

3L56 was ringed on 01 June 2005 in Holland. It wintered in Spain in both 2005 and 2006 before being next sighted in Holland during the summer of 2007. Other sightings have included Isle of Wight and Titchfield Haven before being seen at Pett Level in March 2011, re-appearing at Pett Level  yesterday.

R17X was also ringed in the nest on 01 June 2000 in Holland. It has been read at least 40 times as it wintered in Northern France. On 12-14th March 2011 it was on Pett Level, on the 17th March it was at Hayling Island before being re-sighted at Elms Farm on 26th March 2011 and 27th February 2012.

16th February 2011, Wednesday

Pett Pools

A quick count at the pools showed that many duck are still here. Numbers included 403 Coot, 521 Wigeon and 39 Shoveler. The sea was very quiet with only 18 Common Scoter and four Great Crested Grebe present. There was also a single Barnacle Goose with the Greylag flock.

28th May 2010, Friday


At about 11.00 a Red Kite was spotted circling the windmill. An hour later this was re-found feeding on a dead rabbit. Whilst watching this bird we became aware of a further eight. Whilst the first bird stayed, the remainder drifted eastwards towards Winchelsea.