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7:32AM

Rock-a-Nore seabirds

An hours watch from first light yesterday [Friday Jan 25], was again interesting, with some unusual wildfowl records. 12 Brent Geese flew E close inshore, as did a group of 6 Pintail, a Wigeon, and a Shoveler which landed on the sea just off the beach- a first for me. 20 Common Scoters going west more than I have seen here for some time.

Red Throated Divers totalled 56, heading east or landing on the sea, but I noted  just 10 distant auks.

12:23PM

Castle Water 

Good selection of highlights at Castle Water since Wednesday, 68 White-fronted Geese pased low overhead heading west on the 23rd and four were on the grazing meadows at the northern end of the main pit on the 24th, 7 Ruff were also present on the same date. Yesterday from the hide a Bittern gave nice flight views and a Cetti's Warbler also showed very well for this secretive bird. Good numbers of Feildfares have also been present around the grazing fields the past few days and a Woodcock was flushed from the scrub south of the hide. At least 2000 wigeon are still present in the area and are best seen from the viewpoint as they are grazing the nearby fields. A male and two female Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzard, Peregrine and a Barn Owl complete the pick of the bunch. On the Beach Resreve 500+ Curlew departed the roost yesterday and 3 Avocet were on Flat Beach and the new saltmarsh area.

9:26AM

Rye Waxwings

Yesterday afternoon Phil Jones saw 5 Waxwings in the tree with red fruits in Market Road, Rye. When I got there (after a meeting in Rye) they could not be seen... but there are still lots of berries waiting for them!

8:23AM

Wildlife Courses

The Sussex Wildlife Trust organise many one day courses on a range of wildlife topics across the county. In the program there are several in the RX area:

Wading birds at Rye Harbour - 9 May

Spider identification workshop at Hastings Country Park - 18 May

Coastal habitat management at Rye Harbour - 23 May

Introduction to shingle invertebrates at Rye Harbour - 8 June

The ecology and identification of bumblebess at Rye Harbour - 28 July

Grasshoppers, bush crickets, crickets and groundhoppers at Hastings Country Park - 17 August

Click here for full details.

10:38AM

Rock-a-Nore Seabirds

An excellent seawatch for just over an hour this morning started with 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls flying along the beach as I pulled into the carpark. There was a steady easterly passage of the "usual suspects"-25 Red Throated Divers, 90 auk sp, 21 Gannets and three Kittiwakes, all heading east, but also two real surprises going the same way- a Great Skua, and three redhead Smew. The Smew were close in, just off the breakwater, I think the first ones I've seen on a seawatch- and a local patch tick for me .