Saturday, 30 October 2010
Round the trapping area there was 2 Firecrests and a few Siskins over. Back to the ARC there was a Chiffchaff on the Willow Trail and 4+ Cetti's calling. At the back of the pit behind the water tower there was 1 Swallow, 4+ Marsh Harriers,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Merlin.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:02
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 18:00
Saturday, 23 October 2010
When i arrived at the ARC Pit the rain was lashing down and looked set to continue for the day. Made my way to Hansen Hide and found Ray Turley there on his own and for the next 1.5 hrs thats how it stayed. There was at least 4 marsh Harriers around and several Water Rails squealing in the Phragmites. A Kingfisher put in a brief appearance as did a Peregrine streaking across the pit. Waders were represented by 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Dunlin 1 Snipe and 50+ Lapwing. All the usual duck were present along with the first 2 Goldeneye. Of interest 14 Long-tailed Tits came from high in the sky across the pit into the bushes by the hide. When the sun came out i decided to do the bushes at the point which were very poor 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a few Blue and Great Tits.On my way back to the car i got a message about the Penduline Tit which was showing very well infront of Hansen Hide apparently from about ten minutes after i left! By the time i got back it had disappeared back into the Phragmites but Ray kindly showed me the video of it on a Bullrush 20 feet from the hide(Swine). After another hour of watching it showed its self breifly deep in the reeds and a Bittern gave an equally brief appearance. I'll try again tomorrow with a tape!
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:32
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Back on the land i spent 3 hours walking in the trapping area for scant reward just 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 8 Long-tailed Tits and a Great spotted Woodpecker, 8 Siskins, 26 House Martins and 100+ Swallows. The local Robins and Dunnocks were doing there best to become Bluetails alas it was not to be.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 18:53
Saturday, 16 October 2010
|Migrant Hawker ?|
There were 3 Ring Ouzels in the scrub and 2 Brambling,18 Siskin, 9 Redpoll,1 G.S.Woodpecker,100+ Swallows,21 Stock Doves, 100+ Wood Pigeon,3 Sparrowhawk,28 Goldfinch, and 3 Skylark. Inthe bushes were 20+ Robins, 7 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests,1 Reed Warbler and 4 Green Woodpeckers. On the beach were 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and a House Martin Over.
Nearby at the ARC Pit of note were 2 Avocet, 2 Marsh Harriers and 4 Cetti's Warbler heard with a few dragonflies in the more sheltered spots.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:23
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:34
Sunday, 10 October 2010
An Arctic Skua came right overhead chasing a Sandwich Tern and won its fish prize.
In and around the bushes were 25+ Goldcrests and the same amount of Chiffchaffs, 20+ Continental Song Thrushes, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat,
Nearby the Black-throated Diver still on the New Diggings.
At Scotney the 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers showing well all beit distantly, 1000+ Golden Plover, 500+ Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 2 Little Stints, 1 Egyptian Goose, Wigeon numbers appear to be building up and 2 Marsh Harriers by the wind turbines.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:48
Saturday, 9 October 2010
On the land many Chiffchaffs and 5 + Goldcrests, 3 Stonechats with 100s of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails. Also 1 Brambling and 1 Siskin , 25 Skylark, 27 Swallows over. 20+ Continental Song Thrushes around the point.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:17
Friday, 8 October 2010
Next stop Scotney where all 3 Buff- Breasted Sandpipers were present on the Kent side albeit distantly. Still 1000+ Golden Plover present with 2 Ruff.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:51
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
The 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers still on the Kent side but i couldn't find the the third. With them were 1000+ Golden Plover still and a Little Stint also a steady westward movement of Swallows. 2 Marsh Harriers round the turbines and in the nearby fields a covey of 7 Grey Partridge and 6 Red-legged Partridge.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:56
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
A dusk visit to Pett Pools revealed 1 Common Sandpiper, 28 Wigeon, 16 Little Grebe, 22 Gadwall, 11 Shovellor and a female Ruddy Duck another missed by DEFRA. A male Marsh Harrier was sitting on post out in the fields with 17 Curlew nearby.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:58
Monday, 4 October 2010
The scruffy juv Avocet was still present looking like someone has tried to strangle it along with 4 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plovers.
Managed an hour this evening in the hide at the ARC Pit. This produced 4 Black Terns swooping and diving and devouring the myriad of newly hatched bugs that covered the surface. 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 golden Plover, 4 Pintail and plenty of Teal, Shoveller, Gadwall, Mallard, Wigeon,Pochard and Tufted Duck. 2 Marsh Harriers appeared to go to roost on one of the vegetated islands and 3 Chiffchaffs in bushes by the hide but best of all was a drake Ruddy Duck that DEFRA must have missed.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 21:05
Sunday, 3 October 2010
On the land a Yellow-legged Gull was in the gull roost but migrants were virtually non existant with the exception of 100s of Meadow Pipits and Gold Finches with 6 Skylarks over and 7 Chiffchaffs in the bushes.
A walk around the reserve saw a Great White Egret, 1 Ring Ouzel,3 Chiffchaffs but not the Barred Warbler. By the approach road on the way out was a Short Eared Owl sheltering from the wind and rain.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 14:13
Saturday, 2 October 2010
On the land at the point 100+ Pied Wagtails including one with a large growth on its foot preventing it from walking, 100+ Meadow Pipits,3 Ring Ouzels, 15 Chiffchaffs, 4 Black Redstarts,
Back to Scotney where the 2 Buff Breasted Sandpipers were showing well along with 14 Ruff,1000+ Golden Plover and no sign of the albino Lapwing. Whilst there i was told of a Barred Warbler at Dungeness RSPB reserve which showed quite well for me. While watching it another Ring Ouzel popped up and at least 4 Cetti's Warblers were singing and then the rain came to curtail further excitements.
|Juv.Black Throated Diver|
|Swallows,Sand Martins and a House Martin|
|Buuff-Breasted Sandpiper on Sussex side|
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:07