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Pett Level

Arriving at 10.30 it was immediately obvious that the Goldfinch seen by Alan (see previous entry) were still on the move. In one hour 709 flew along the beach, all heading eastwards. There were a few Siskin with them. Heading in the other direction were a few very high Skylark and also rather more Meadow Pipits.

A few Swallow stopped to drink at the pools and the Bearded Tits were very noisy and active in the reeds near the road. A Marsh Harrier hunted the reeds at the back of the pools. There was also a calling Water Rail and six Raven flew over.

Whilst the sea was very quiet, there were 31 Turnstone and a Ringed Plover on the beach. Pete Rouse had earlier seen a Wheatear.

The pools held 36 Little Grebe and 36 Pochard. There was also a very large number of Greylag Geese with 265 present. In the fields behind the pools there were 17 Ruff. A colour ringed Oystercatcher had been ringed several years ago in Holland and was back here for its third winter.


From the Clifftop

 A bit hit and miss over the last few days, with some nasty weather stopping migration, and a moth trap failure-fortunately just a blown fuse.

This morning has been the most productive, with 875 Goldfinches and 112 Siskins E in 2 hours, several Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and a Firecrest in off the sea and passing through the garden, and a spectacular 460 Gannets fishing below

14 species of moths this morning included a Flounced Chestnut.


Rye Harbour highlights

At Castle Water this morning were Spotted Redshank, Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and an adult Little Gull. This evening on pool to west of footpath out to Ternery Pool there was this adult Whooper Swan and a Clouded Yellow butterfly.


Flood Alert for 6th October

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the coast from Fairlight to Dungeness including the Tidal Rother for the high tide at 12:11 tomorrow lunchtime Friday 6th October.

Moderately strong winds and a small sea surge are forecast, combined with high spring tides. Water levels are expected to overtop coastal sea defences with the added possibility of sea spray affecting coastal locations.

People are advised to stay away from the areas at risk and take extra care if next to the coast.

Detailed tidal information for those that use it: The forecast high tide level is 4.46 metres for tomorrow’s tide at 12:11 (Friday 6th October), this is 0.34 metres above astronomical tide levels.


Back to the Clifftop

We have been away in northern Spain for a couple of weeks, a lot warmer than here !

The last couple of morning migration watches have produced a good mix of species, as expected in October, yesterday was pretty busy with over 2000 House Martins  and 460 Goldfinches W by 9 am, also good numbers of Chaffinches in off the sea: 90 yesterday and 66 this morning. Single Crossbills flew W early both mornings.

Not many moths this morning, but after a long gap, some predictable autumn species - Lunar Underwing, Autumnal Rustic and Black Rustic -raised the garden year list to 359.