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Beach Reserve

The calmer conditions yesterday brought a wave of activity during the morning around the Beach Reserve. A fine selection of waders were around and in good numbers compared to recent weeks. Along the the shore at low and high water, 58 Knot, 39 Grey Plover, 80 Dunlin and 60 Sanderling. Flat Beach attracted 300 Golden Plover, 135 Oystercatcher, 18 Ringed Plover and the over wintering Spotted Redshank. Ternery Pool was also busy with 450 Lapwing, at least 65 Snipe and 180 Teal. The new saltmarsh area has also been the favoured location for our roosting Curlew during the day aswell as overnight (perhaps because of the high water levels on Harbour Farm) , at least 400 birds departed yesterday morning, and 190 were roosting there at around mid day. A walk around Castle Water this morning was very quiet, good numbers of Shoveler and Teal were present around the main pit, but the highlight did not come untill the last minute with a Firecrest at viewpoint.



East Guldeford Levels

A dawn visit to the levels yesterday [Jan 3] revealed a considerable drop in farmland birds, with just 2 Corn Buntings seen in flight, and only 20 Skylarks in the big stubble field, with six encountered elsewhere. There were 11 Reed Buntings scattered around, but as seems to be the case this winter, I came across no Linnets.

Raptors were limited to single Buzzard and Marsh Harriers, despite a lot of looking I couldn't see any sign of the Crane which has been seen from the Woolpack.

A Cettis Warbler was a nice find in the reeds at the big pond-a new bird for the levels for me, not recorded during Atlas fieldwork; near the road a noisy flock of Sparrows in a hedge included one Tree Sparrow.



RX Rainfall

We have been hearing much about last year's exceptional rainfall, but data provided by David Powell from the Hastings Meteorological Station shows that for Hastings the rainfall for 2012 was only the 5th wettest since 1970 (if you stare at this graph long enough can you see a pattern?).

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Christmas Tree disposal

Take your tree to the National Trust yard in Mill Road, Winchelsea, this Saturday (5th Jan) between 10am and 12noon and they will chip it for free!


Rye Harbour

Obviously the weather over the festive period has not be that conducive to bird watching but there was some notable avian interest. Two Slavonian Grebes were present on Harbour Farm pools on the 26th and 27th, 5 Goldeneye (1 drake) were also present there on the 24th and the 27th. At Ternery Pool 4 Smew(1 drake) were present on the morning of the 29th, and were probably the same group reported at Castle Water later that day. The beach reserve has also attracted two Merlins which have given fantastic views perched along the fence line, I think they have been struggling in the windy conditions.