Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Most of the day was spent sea watching with AJG and DW. Thanks to AJG for collating the totals:
05.30-09.00 + 10.05-11.10 + 14.45-16.45
Red-throated Diver: 3E
Black-throated Diver: 5E
Brent Goose 15E
Scoter 114E 50W
Bar-tailed Godwit 148 E
Arctic Skua 4E
Pom Skua 1E at 0840
Mediterranean Gull: 14E
Sandwich Tern 260E
Common Tern 2542E
Arctic Tern 2E
Black tern 5E
Little Tern 3E
A wander around the hayfields lunch time did not produce much, even though they look excellent for waders. 3 Whimbrel dropped in, 2 Ravens flew over as did a Peregrine, several Bearded Tits were calling from the reeds along with Reed and Sedge Warblers but sadly no sign of the Black-winged Stilts.
|Yellow Browed Warbler Lighthouse garden|
Yellow Browed Warbler Lighthouse garden
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 21:29
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Another reasonable sea watch this morning. A few each of Great and Arctic Skuas, 280 Gannets, c 400 Common Scoter, c2,000 Commic Terns and a few Divers.
Another watch this afternoon with AJG saw 400+ Commic Terns, c50 Gannets and handful of Common Scoter.
A quick look at the ARC saw that 2 Black Terns, a Little Tern and several Arctic and Common Terns still present.
A quick look around Galloways saw little of note.
This evening on the reserve the 2 Black Winged Stilts were showing well and even mating, a Marsh Harrier spooked them briefly but they soon settled down. A Hobby was hawking over Dengemarsh, Sedge, Reed, Cetti's Warblers, Common Whitethroats and a Cuckoo were all singing. A Whinchat was showing well by Christmas Dell until 10 seconds before I arrived and party of 8 Swallows were around the pits.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 21:16
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Arriving at the beach at c07.00 I realised I was to late get in the sea watch hide comfortably, so I opted for The Patch Hide where I spent the morning with Paul W. in comfort and more importantly dry. The 2 of us did not see quite as much those in the sea watch hide but we were comfortable and dry.
Red-throated Diver: 23E
Black-throated Diver: 4E
Great northern Diver: 1E
Brent Goose: 104E
Common Scoter: c250E
Red Breasted Merganser: 4E
Peregrine: 1 terrorising the Terns over The Patch
Bar-tailed Godwit: 270E
Arctic Skua: 18E
Great Skua: 34E
Black Tern: 35E
Little Tern: 6E
Common /Arctic Tern: c3,000E a complete guestimate as they were passing so quickly in flocks of numbering 100s.
Sandwich Tern: c50E
Doubtless the days totals will at least double ours.
A stop off at the ARC on the way home for breakfast saw 8 Black Terns (40 + seen there earlier) and c50 Arctic Terns.
Before I could have breakfast news of 2 Black Winged Stilts on the reserve saw me go to the hayfields where the 2 birds performed admirably. Also there a Little Ringed Plover, a superb White Wagtail and the bonus of a Wood Sandpiper.
Friday, 25 April 2014
An OK watch sea watch this morning 05.30-09.30 with BB,DW and AJG who collated the numbers. This evening 16.00-18.30 with DW a good movement when the fog cleared.
Gannet 68E 149E
Gannet 68E 149E
Fulmar 3E 1E
Brent Goose 6E
Common Scoter 4E 19E
Bar-tailed Godwit 136E
Oystercatcher 3E 1E
Great Skua: 1E 2E
Arctic Skua 8E 10E
Pomarine Skua: 1E
Sandwich Tern 176E 48E
Common Tern 245E 2355E
Auk sp: 6E
Swallow 9 in 1 in
Sand Martin 1 in
The land was very quiet and apparently nothing new in today.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
05.30-08.40 from the sea watch hide, thanks to AJG for collating the totals.
Red throated Diver 2E 1 W
Black throated Diver: 1E
Sparrow Hawk 1 coasting up
B t Godwit 8E
Razorbill 5 on sea
Auk sp 4W
Arctic Skua 11E
Little Gull 2E
Sandwich Tern 235E
Commic Tern 1391E
Little Tern 8E
Carrion Crow 14 coasting down
Swallow 17 in
Wheatear 3 in
As things seemed very quiet around the peninsular I thought I would take the opportunity to paint the garden fence. I had just started painting when a call from DB about Black-Winged Stilts on the flood behind Christmas Dell. 10 minutes later I was on sight but no sign of the Stilts, I was then told that had been 10 of them, well done to Doug and Wendy for finding them. Unfortunately they were all flushed by a Marsh Harrier, but one was re-found on New Excavations where it spent the afternoon distantly on the reedy causeway.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 21:22
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Another good sea watch this morning with 16 Arctic and 10 Great Skuas, plus a sprinkling of Terns waders and Scoter also 1 Pomarine Skua which went through before I arrived. Once again the Pomarine Skuas that went past Splash Point and Beachy head failed to cross the border into Kent.
|Bean Geese at Scotney showing the injured wing.|
|Little Ringed Plover at The Midrips|
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 21:10
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Most of the day was spent sea watching except for the Purple Heron twitch.
Totals for watches: 05.30-10.00, 14.35-15-45, 16.50-19.00 Thanks to AJG for collating the totals.
Red throated Diver 10E
Brent Goose 125E
Scoter 1,082E 40W
Velvet Scoter: 2E
Eider 7 females E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 14E
Guillemot 2 on
Auk sp 22 E
Arctic skua 25E
Med Gull 2
Kittiwake 3E 6W
Little Gull 21E
Common Tern 1,247E
Arctic Tern 2 E
Little Tern 17 E
Black Tern 10E
Sandwich Tern 235E
Swallow 13 in
Harbour Porpoise: 8+
Grey Seal: 1
|Sedge Warbler in song flight|
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 21:40
Monday, 21 April 2014
Very little sea passage this morning. In the hour I was there just a few Scoter, Gannets, Common Terns, Sandwich Terns and 4 Little Terns.
A wander around the bushes was also very poor, the highlight being 2 Red-legged Partridges.
At the ARC still 2 Little Gulls hawking of note.
Another visit to the point this afternoon was aborted before I arrived due to the volume of tourists.
So I spent another short while with the Badger snuffling around at 15.30!
At the viewing ramp a Bittern was booming, Reed, Sedge and Cetti,s Warblers were all singing, 2 Marsh Harriers were quartering the reed bed, a Whimbrel flew over and my first Cuckoo of the year was calling from the Sallows.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 21:05
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Sea watching today in the shelter of the hide 06.50-09.20 & 14.50-16.50 produced:
Red-throated Diver: 1E
Gannet: 71E 22W
Common Scoter: 10E 6W
Grey Plover: 8E
Bar Tailed Godwit: 82E
Great Skua: 3E
Black Tern: 1 on The Patch
Little Tern: 4E
Common Tern: 182E
Arctic Tern: 1+E
Sandwich Tern: 28E
Little Gull: 4E
Mediterranean Gull: 2E
Grey Seal: 1 o/s
Harbour Porpoise: 8+ o/s
When the sun came out late afternoon I couldn't resist another a look at the young Badger at the entrance to its set.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:55
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Very little passage at sea again this morning as was expected and no grounded migrants around the point.
At the ARC 8+ Little Gulls hawking with the Black-headed Gulls, also 30 each of Swallow and Sand Martin that moved off as soon as the rain cleared.
Galloways was so enthralling I fell asleep! later while chatting to MS and RS an adult male Marsh Harrier gave us a superb view.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:24
Friday, 18 April 2014
07.50-08.20 from the sea watch hide was predictably slow considering the fresh north wind. Indeed after half an hour and a grand total of 8 Gannets west, c20 Comic Terns over The Patch and the highlight of 3 Little Egrets coming in at 08.05.
At the ARC a drake Garganey showed well at the south end, From the causeway 7+ Little Gulls and 3 Black-necked Grebes could be seen.
I was unable to locate the Long-tailed Duck on a wind swept Scotney, but 2 Little Gulls could be seen.
Garganey southern end of ARC
Thursday, 17 April 2014
From the sea watch hide 05.40-10.00 and 13.45-16.00 with AJG, BB, DW, PT. Thanks to AJG for collating the totals.
Red-throated Diver: 39E
Black-throated Diver: 1E
Brent Geese: 674E including a partly leucistic bird
Common Scoter: 1420E
Velvet Scoter: 3E
Red-breasted Merganser: 9E
Great Skua: 5E
Arctic Skua: 11E
Sandwich Tern: 473E
Common Tern: 103E
Little Tern: 3E
Little Gull: 62E
Mediterranean Gull: 1E 2 on sea
Auk sp: 1E 2E
Swallow: 1 in
a Mid morning visit to Scotney found the Long-tailed Duck still on the pit immediately east of the main pit, 4+ Avocet, 2 Little Gulls, 5 Curlews and 2 Egyptian Geese. On Hayfield 3 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Bearded Tits, 10+ Sedge Warblers and a booming Bittern were the highlight of a wander around the reserve.
The Hume's Leaf warbler is still present in the trapping area per OL.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:15
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
An hour from the sea watch hide before a dental appointment this morning was relatively productive as I managed 2 new birds for the year with a flock of 7 Whimbrel and 9 Little Terns, but otherwise it was fairly quiet with a couple of Arctic Skuas, a few Scoter, Divers and Waders, 2 further watches late morning and late afternoon were just as quiet.
Monday, 14 April 2014
A very slow hour at the sea watch hide this morning with a Bonxie being the highlight, though I did just miss an Iceland/Glaucous Gull drift west just before I arrived.
A wander around the lighthouse area found 9 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap, also a couple more Willow Warblers in the moat.
A walk along the fishing boats failed to find the mystery gull, even though the fish man had been and thrown boxes of discarded fish on to the beach for gulls to feast on.
No sign of last nights Black Terns on the ARC this morning, just a Common Tern among the Black Headed Gulls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls over and 7 Little Egrets at the south end of note.
The turf at Scotney held only 5 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover with 2 Avocets on the edge and 2 more at the Sussex end of note. The Long-tailed Duck was once again on the pit immediately east of the main pit.
A look down Dengemarsh Gully was unrewarding, I would have done better to have spent the time in my sun chair in the garden watching Marsh Harriers.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:53
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Sedge Warbler in song flight.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:18
Friday, 11 April 2014
20 minutes at the sea watch hide was enough time to know that no sea passage was happening today although a few passerines were seen to come in. The highlight on the sea was 6 Gadwall drifting by, the Glaucous Gull was seen down by The Patch.
Around The Point a Black Redstart, 30+ Willow/Chiffs, 3+ Blackcaps, a male Redstart trapped in The Moat, 2 Ring Ouzels dropped into The Desert and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling along the Pilot Path. The Hume's Leaf Warbler was seen again today along the Pilot Path. A Raven and 3+ Swallows flew over.
Redstart held by DW.
Ring Ouzels in The Desert.
Male Redstart Galloways.
Rubicola Stonechat Galloways.
Mid afternoon at Galloways, the highlights were 2 more Redstarts, 7 Stonechats including a Rubicola and 6+ Willow Warblers.
At Scotney 5 Little Gulls, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 8 Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlin and 6 Curlew, the Long-tailed Duck was in its usual spot on the lake immediately east of the main pit.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:22
Thursday, 10 April 2014
As I arrived at the car park this morning BB was driving away, which told me everything I needed to know about the state of the sea passage. I met SO and we had wander around the bushes and trapping area seeing c20 Willow Warblers, c15 Chiffchaffs, 1 Swallow and 2 Blackcaps along with the resident Wheatears and Black Redstarts.
Black Redstart at the power station
At Scotney the Long Tailed Duck still present, 6 Ringed Plover, 14 Avocet, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Swallows, a Common Buzzard, 6 Corn Buntings and 6 Tree Sparrows.
A couple of hours this evening wandering around the deserted reserve was very pleasant, plenty of Sedge Warblers, Cetti's Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Little Egrets, Shelducks, Shoveler, Tufted Ducks with a few Teal, 3+ Marsh Harriers, a Raven, a Peregrine, 2 more Swallows and best of all a Bittern booming regularly and not another person to be seen. 2 more Swallow on the wires opposite Plodland tonight.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 19:52
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Sea watching from the point this morning was very poor with just a handful each of Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Brent Geese, Scoter and Sandwich Terns. A Serin was to high for me hear, though DW heard it at least twice.
A wander around the reserve with SB and BP saw a couple of Swallows through, a Raven over, a Wheatear and good numbers of Sedge Warblers.
At Scotney the Long-tailed Duck has reappeared on the pit immediately east of the main pit, by the farm 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Corn Buntings and c50 Linnets. On the back pit 16 Avocets and the 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Common Buzzard over the fields.
Marsh Harriers from Christmas Dell this evening.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:42