Friday, 22 February 2013

Droopy still around

At The Point this morning the blasting east wind made sea watching very difficult and uncomfortable again even from the car. However 08.30-09.00 saw once again plenty of Guillemots, Razorbills and Great Crested Grebes on the sea, c60 Red-throated Divers flew east, being joined by a handful each of Gannets and Kittiwakes.
On the beach the 3w Glaucous Gull, also droopy the Great Black Backed Gull, which is unable to close its wings tightly to its body but is able to fly perfectly well, consequently in today's wind its wings were flopping about.
 Another visit to the Church Lane pond found the Grey Wagtail a little more obliging, even the sun came out briefly, also there 12 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrushes and 10 Goldfinches of note.
!0 Smew (2 drakes) could be seen from the causeway on the ARC along with 6 Goldeneye.
From the entrance track to the reserve just 2 Marsh Harriers after everything was flushed yesterday.
On a wind blasted Scotney nothing of note in the waves or on the grass.
Walland Marsh still holds the 200+ Bewick swan herd also a few Fieldfare, the Water Rail put in an appearance opposite the feeders, at Tickners Lane seed dump 18 Yellowhammers and 7 Corn Buntings among the Chaffinches and Reed Buntings.


  1. Hi Martin,please can you tell me where the feeding station is on Wallands Marsh

  2. The Feeding station is located opposite Baynham Farm. Which is on the Midley Wall and is c300mts SE of the junction with Ashentree Lane. There are also number of feeders inside the entrance to the farm, but most the birds also go into the bushes opposite where grain is put down for them by the obvious pull off. Please respect the farmers privacy when viewing the feeders in the entrance.

    1. Thanks Martin.
      I am hoping to see the Water Rail,a bird I don't seee very often.
      Great Blog