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Thrushes in the Brede Valley

Today I walked along the Brede Valley from Winchelsea, passing through the NT gate with its intriguing new sign.


Walking along the river I encountered several flocks of Fieldfares feeding on the superabundance of hawthorn berries that are a feature of this autumn, 210 in total, with one fine flock of 120.  35 Redwings were with them, but just a few Song Thrushes

I walked as far as the market garden area below Snailham wood, this is worth a look just to admire the colours of the different kinds of Kale grown there, but the weedy uncultivated fields can be good for farmland birds. Today there were just 15 Linnets. These were in fact the only farmland birds I saw-no Skylarks and no Corn Buntings today.

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Pett Pools

On Sunday the flat calm sea made scanning easier than usual. In the hour I was there around midday there were small numbers of Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver and Great Crested Grebe. The largest flock of loafing birds was a flock of 41 Wigeon mid distance to the horizon.

 Earlier in the day local birders had seen both Merlin and Short-eared Owl over the Levels. Large numbers of Lapwing and Curlew were joined by a flock of seven Ruff. Scattered about were 16 Brent Geese with another sat on the sea. The feral geese flock included the Bar-headed Goose.


Golden Plover video


Beach Reserve

A Snow Bunting at the Wader Pool, 2000 Golden Plover (above), 700 Lapwing and 6 Pintail provided avain highlights this morning.


RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Just back from a stroll around the ARC willow trail where a couple of chiffchaff, three goldcrests, an insane green woodpecker and two squealing water rails were the highlights.  Elsewhere today seven white-fronted geese flew over Boulderwall Farm, at least three great white egrets were scattered around the site, a handful of redwings were near Christmas Dell, a brambling was near Boulderwall Farm and another flew over the car park.  Other sightings this week included bittern, common buzzard, merlin, barn owl, little owl, woodcock, waxwing and crossbill.