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Pett Level

A brief stop by the pools produced the usual duck species. There appeared to have been an influx of Wigeon with 928 counted in total. Many duck were sat on the sea including 500 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 30 Shoveler and two Gadwall. A single Red-throated Diver flew west and six Common Scoter flew east. A check of gates and fence posts produced two Peregrine. The geese flock included six White-fronted Geese and the regular Bar-headed Goose.


Castle Water

Vert quite at Castle Water over the past few days with wildfowl numbers being low. Yesterday though at least two Bitterns were present with birds giving flight views around the viewpoint area and in front of the hide. Sightings of Bitterns have been scarce over the past few weeeks, so it was good to see that some were still around.  Also of note 10 Bearded Tits in two groups and 2 Marsh Harrier. (As a point of interest the Brent Goose count for Saturday morning ended up at 2130, with the last few hundred birds passing in smaller groups every 10 minutes or so).



Brent Goose movement

Yesterday at Dungeness I noted a couple of groups of Brent Geese, totalling 160, heading east and wondered if this could be very early spring movement.[The previous day I saw none off Hastings]

So this morning I went down to Rock-a-Nore, and like Sam, witnessed a spectacular movement, counting 1595 between 0800 and 0930, with flocks of up to 430 passing close inshore. Later, [1100] driving past Pett Levels, I saw 300 apparently leaving the back of the marshes and heading out to sea.

This is exceptionally early for this movement, and in any case a good number, on a day that hardly held the pomise of spring.

As well as the geese, lots of Gannets -236 , all but 1 adults, 31 Guillemots, 10 Red Throated Divers, 4 Kittiwakes, 5 Shelducks and 18 Scoters all headed east, making this one of the best seawatches I've had from here for a long time.


Beach Reserve

A fantastic end to the week ths morning with an easterly movement of Brent Geese over Flat Beach and Shore Ridges. Huge flocks passed overhead and gave great views, at one point 580 birds roosted on Flat Beach and a total of 1675 birds passed overhead.




Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning included a Kingfisher at the Denny Hide, these birds have been pretty thin on the groung lately and this is the first one I have seen for sometime, at Ternery Pool 2 Mediterranean Gulls were a surprise for early January but not a lonely redhead Smew. Golden Plover numbers roosting on Flat Beach increased to 700. Good numbetrs of Turnstone were again feeding at the River Mouth at least 32 by late morning. Peregrine, Merlin and Marsh Harrier were also present around the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm.