Wednesday 12 October 2011

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Scotney Pits - 0900hrs mild, cloudy, w2 - First stop the pits at Scotney which delivered a decent flock of 50 Corn Buntings and 30 Linnets down by the farm, plus a steady passage of Mipits, Linnets and Skylarks. From the roadside pull in, just `over-the-border`, a flock of 52 very, wild looking Barnacle Geese also contained 9 Blue/Emperor types. Shelducks, Redshanks, Lapwings and Golden Plover also noted.
Panell Valley 1015hrs - Very disappointing here as the scrapes were bone dry. Two Wheatears, 2 Marsh Harriers, Kestrel, 10 Redpolls, 50 Swallows, Buzzard, Jay, Goldcrest, Bullfinch, Reed Buntings, Song Thrush, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.
Pett Pools - 1230hrs - Stacks of birds from the road with the main pool attracting 100 Lapwings, 50 Golden Plovers, 50 Grey Lags, 55 Curlews, 8 Redshanks, 15 Turnstones, 5 Little Egrets, 6 Little Grebes, 2 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Marsh Harriers, Shoveler and Teal.
Rye Harbour NR - 1400hrs - Walked down to the Visitors Centre and hide overlooking Flat Beach, which was stuffed with waders, the highlight being a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, presumably the same one that`s been seen, off and on, for over a month now. Also, 200 Oystercatchers,100 Dunlins, 100 Golden Plovers, 200 Lapwings, 25 Knots, 10 Ringed Plovers, 10 Redshank, 10 Turnstones, 10 Curlew,  5 Grey Plovers and a Ruff. Other bits and pieces included 2 Brents, 5 Wheatears, 20 Mipits, 10 Skylarks, 2 Kestrel, Little Egret and calling Rock Pipit.
On the drive back across Walland Marsh we finished the day in style with a cracking perched Hobby on a roadside bush and a gang of Tree Sparrows at Midley.
                                          Scotney Geese

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