Among c.80 Canada Geese and c.70 Greylags this morning, I counted 11 Dark-bellied Brents, 12 White-fronts, 4 Pinkfeet and the Bar-headed Goose that’s been going around with the Canadas this winter. The pools held a drake Pintail and 2 drake Ruddy Ducks, and a huge flock of scoter on the sea included a few Velvets with 7 more Velvets coming past. About 25 Red-throated Divers passed by, some landing on the sea, plus 2 Razorbills and a Guillemot, and single Gannet and Bonxie were reported.
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Ad male Montagu’s Harrier flying W over Pett Level @08.55 this morning.
More details in due course on RXbirdwalks.
This weekend two beach surveys are taking place:
These are part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch campaign where up to 400 beaches around the U.K are surveyed for all the marine debris that has found it’s way there. Generally, rubbish of plastic origin makes up 70% of all litter found, with fishing nets and ropes very common. Our local beaches have turned up toys from Europe, a water colour painting and even a message in a bottle.
Volunteers join in to scour the beach for all traces of rubbish, attempt to identify it all and send the results off to the Marine Conservation Society to be part of a national report. It can take 2 to 4 hours recording but we are able to make a short stretch of beach litter free for all, including the marine wildlife too. All the plastic can be around for thousands if not millions of years and is a deadly hazard for birds, fish, cetaceans, seals and others.
All info about these beach surveys can be found at http://www.mcsuk.org
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has organised the surveys at Rye Harbour on Saturday 23rd July and Pett Level on Sunday 24th July, both starting at 10am .
If anyone would like to join in please can they contact Lucy Balmforth at
email@example.com or 01797 227784 for Rye Harbour surveys, or Andy Dinsdale at firstname.lastname@example.org for Pett Level surveys.
Sunday 22nd May, Started at 6.45 am, on the sea wall at the pools, with the tide going down, there was upto 120 Common Scoters on the sea (this is more than we have had through the winter!), also good numbers of terns fishing just off shore and Gannets fishing much further out. Still not much to report from the marsh, but Carters was better, with a single Whinchat,and at least 100 House Martin,a Barn Owl, 2/3 Buzzards, 6 Bl.T.Godwit, 3 Avocet. Good bird watching Pete.
On the 1st May saw good numbers of Br.T.Godwit with 40/50 east over the sea, with a few Whimbrel in with them, and 50/60 in a flock on the marsh, and a further 6 Whimbrel on the marsh. Also on this day I had my first Little Tern, Yellow Wag,Wheatear,Hobby of my year. On the following Sunday 8th May, the only bird of note was a Little Gull (imm) which was hawking on the field behind theWader Pool. There was also 3 Brent Geese on the marsh.This Sunday 15th May Buzzard 2, Hobby 1, Marsh Harrier 1 ( cream head imm) Little Owl 1 (in the usual place on the old sea cliff to the left of the hide) On the whole its been quite slow over the past few weeks, good bird watching Pete.
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.
Huge numbers of Great Crested Grebes offshore at high tide today: 2280 counted but probably more.
Also many Gannets, Rt Divers and Razorbills, small groups of Common & Velvet Scoter, Eider and a couple of Goldeneye.
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At Pett Level for the last few days there has been the perfect opportunity to compare all three sub-species of the Brent (or Brant) Goose see this article for further info. In the video below, taken this morning, all three sub-species can be seen among a flock of Barnacle Geese (the ones with white faces) and Wigeon. Dark-bellied Brent Goose (the usual type in RX area), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (uncommon – has paler flanks – 2 behind and to left of the Lapwing) and Black Brant (very rare – has broader neck collar, blacker thoat and chest, with a white flash on the flank – behind and to right of the Lapwing)
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