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Rye Harbour

My pick of the bunch this morning: Bittern, 38 Fieldfare, and 3 drake Pintail at Castle Water, Flat Beach flood attracted 560 Wigeon, Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff, 41 Dunlin, 24 Turnstone, 450 Lapwing and another 2 drake Pintail . At least 150 Mallard and 90 Skylark were on the new saltmarsh area, and 42 Snipe and 6 Grey Partridge were fushed while checking the animals on Harbour Farm.


Living Landscapes

The Sussex and Kent Wildlife Trusts are working with many other organisations and individuals to improve our countryside. This is how the BBC summarised it this week...

Click here to find out more about the Romney Marshes Living Landscape.


Camber Porpoise

Report of a Porpoise washed up at Camber on 17th. Click here.


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.