On Walland this morning the Bewick Swans had increased to 77 at Midley but they were all flushed off this afternoon by the farmer. Also 15 Tree Sparrows by the feeders and a Common Buzzard over. Still plenty of Thrushes foraging under the hedges.
Thursday, 9 February 2012
|Rye from Northpoint|
Scotney held 20 Greater White-fronted Geese and the Bewick Swan herd on Walland near Midley has risen to 70.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 18:47
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
|Woodcock in the Willow Trail|
In the Willow Trail a posing Woodcock, Robins,Wrens, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Redwings foraging under the boardwalk and in the Willows a mixed flock of Long tailed, Blue, Great Tits, 1 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.
From Hanson Hide Godd numbers of the commoner wild fowl with 1 Red head Smew, 3 Goldeneye and a Marsh Harrier.
From the pines by the Water Tower 6 Smew(1 Drake) and 15 Pintail.
On New Diggings the Long Tailed Duck, 3 red head Smew, 2 drake Goosander and 4 Goldeneye.
|Dengemarsh and Hookers from the viewpoint|
Around the rest of the reserve 5 Woodcock between Scott Hide and Dengemarsh and another flew over the car park as I was leaving and plenty of common wildfowl on the unfrozen bits.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:12
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
A 05.30 start to Pagham North Wall arriving soon after 08.00 to hopefully see the Paddyfield Warbler that seems to like showing early mornings except today. At the Breach pool numerous Wrens and Reed Buntings in the reeds along with a couple of Stonechats and Bearded Tits, 2 Peregrines over along with 3000+ Brent Geese and lots of waders, mainly Black Tailed Godwits, Curlews, Golden Plover, smaller numbers of Snipe, Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plover and 4 Avocet swimming in the harbour. After 4.5 hrs patrolling up and down the top and lower path I along with 3 old friends were about 100mts from the main group of birders when we realised they were all looking at something and some were waving. We quickly joined them and they put us straight on to the Paddyfield Warbler which was in a bush c150mts out in the field. The bird gave very good scope views all be it distantly to everyone present, as it spent 20 minutes around and in the bush even sitting preening for a few minutes in the open, which undoubtedly it wouldn't have done had been in one of the path side bushes. Many thanks to John Dodds and Dave Sneller for sharing there 60x scopes with me.
(I hope you get your Camera back from Canon soon Dorian)
Leaving Pagham I stopped off at Coldwaltham. Several Chiffchaffs around the sewage works along with a Grey Wagtail and Treecreeper but no Short Eared Owls.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:34
Monday, 6 February 2012
Walking the track to the Water Tower a Chiffchaff in the bushes with 10+ Long Tailed Tits, loking south down the pit from the Water Tower a flock of 15 Smew.
|Flock of 15 Smew in NE corner of ARC|
As the reserve was officially closed I parked back in the ARC car park and walked in. At Boulderwall farm 20+ Tree Sparrows round the feeders and 2 Stonechats a liitle further on. Between the bend in the track and the Hookers I flushed 2 more Woodcocks and a Snipe, a Bittern flew towards Christmas Dell and 2+ more Marsh Harriers was seen. Round the back of Hookers another Woodcock was flushed and 6 Reed Buntings. Dengemarsh was very quiet considering the weather but a Firecrest flew across the track disappearing into the Gorse. From the the track to Christmas Dell a Great White Egret and Little Egret flew over and from the hide a red head Smew and 3 Marsh Harrriers.
Christmas Dell to Scott hide yet another Woodcock and a Kingfisher on the return journey. Burrowes Pit held several hundred Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall and few Pintail but no sawbills were seen. The return plod from Makepiece Hide to the car produced the much the same birds but on more Woodcock.
|The usual Woodcock view|
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:27
Saturday, 4 February 2012
A cold grey day in East Sussex started at Scotney where 20 Greater Whitefronted Geese were at the Sussex end with 200+ Greylag Geese, 70+ feral Barnacle and hybrid Emperor Geese, 1000+ Wigeon and 2 Marsh Harriers.
Northpoint G.P. and the smaller pits which were frozen on the way were disappointing, lacking the expected cold weather influx of wildfowl.
On to Pett Levels where there was plenty of geese grazing behind the pools including 38 Greater Whitefronted Geese, 230 dark bellied Brent Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese and a Marsh Harrier over Carters Flood.
Moving on from the hide towards Winchelsea 2 Bullfinches and 2 Green Woodpeckers and little else till the Long Pit where the highlight was 4 Goldeneye and 8 Little Grebe. On the Narrow Pit 1 Red head Smew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, a Stonechat by the path and 15+ Song Thrushes along the way.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:24
Friday, 3 February 2012
On Walland Marsh a noticeable increase in the number of Thrushes this morning. With some bushes full of Fieldfare, Redwing and Blackbirds, under the bushes Song Thrushes grabbing the fallen berries and Mistle Thrushes trying to chase the rest off. The Bewick Swan herd had increased to 65 but reduced to 52 late this afternoon.
Off the beach still Razorbills, Guillemots, Great Crested Grebes and Kittiwakes a plenty, with many Cormorants. The 2w Glaucous Gull was seen today but not by me.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 18:08
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Pulling in to an empty ARC car park this morning with a bitter NE wind blowing across the pit a Great White Egret flew over towards Boulderwall Farm. From Hanson 3 red head Smew and still several hundred of Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler. A plod around the Willow Trail was birdless except for flushing a Marsh Harrier from the reed bed from the viewing mound.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:38
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
From the causeway at the southern end 4 red head Smew, the Long Tailed Duck another Marsh Harrier and 100+ Gadwall.
On the beach from the point in biting NE wind still plenty Auks, Great Crested Grebes, Red Throated Divers and Kittiwakes tooing and froing with a few Gannets, 64 Wigeon W, 3 Mallard W +1E, 34 Teal W, 4 Pintail W, 6 Shelduck E, 25 Brent Geese W and 1 Bonxie W. The 2w Glaucous Gull was round the fishing boats.
Back on the causeway 5 red head Smew on New Diggings and 2 Little Egrets.
At Boulderwall Farm 6 Tree Sparrows by the empty feeders, a Great White Egret on the first pit and 100 Golden Plover out in the field, 2 Stonechats and 2 Mistle Thrushes by the entrance track, 2 Tree Sparrows and a Redwing by the feeders opposite the toilet block.
At Scotney 3 Redshank, 10 Dunlin, 100+ Golden Plover and little else of note.
On Walland 45 Bewick Swans at Midley also 8 Red Legged Partridges.
Posted by Ploddingbirder at 20:39