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Castle Water

Highlights from a day break visit to the viewpoint included 2 Kingfisher, 67 Pied Wagtail departed from their overnight roost in the reeds/willows, 4 Cetti's Warbler and 3 Water Rail could be heard from various locations, several Bearded Tit and a Barn Owl also showed well. A flock of approx 2000 Starlings passed low overhead as did groups of Gadwall, Mallard and Teal. Despite the morning dispersal of wildfowl good numbers were still present around the main pit.


Autumn reptiles

A sunny autumn weekend brought sightings of grass snake, slow-worm and viviparous lizards in Northiam and Broad Oak, as the animals made the most of the sun.  They are having to go to that extra length to catch the sun-light however, with several lizard's taking to the trees and shrubs in our garden to catch the sun.  These two specimens were both about 30 cm above ground, one making use of a raspberry,

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The Spoonbill has again spent most of the day feeding on Flat Beach flood and has created much interest with all the passers by, sadly I have not managed to get a decent picture.


Flat Beach

Good numbers of wildfowl had roosted over night on Flat Beach flood, at least 140 Wigeon, 90 Teal, 150 Mallard, 15 Shoveler and 70 Gadwall were still present at day break before most dispersed. Additional interest was provided by 14 Brent Geese, 3 Grey Plover (scarce around here recently) and large numbers of geese were on the move and heading this way I assume from Scotney Pit.



Lots of reports coming in this morning for yesterday about the Spoonbill which gave great views at the Wader Pool, Flat Beach and the new saltmarsh area.