Tuesday 18 December 2012

Waxwings & Spotted Redshank

Lade - 0800hrs - Mild, cloudy, sunny later, nw 2 - At least 15 grounded Song Thrushes were flushed from cover this morning along the main track by south pit suggesting an overnight arrival. Several Marsh Harriers were already quartering the ground behind the `mirrors` along with a Common Buzzard and 2 hovering Kestrels. Nothing much of note on the pits apart from 5 Goldeneyes.
Scotney - 1300hrs - All the expected Wigeon, Barnacle Geese, Golden Plovers and Lapwings and not much else besides.
Rye Harbour - On the approach road, by the ostrich farm, a small flock of Waxwings winged over the road, probably between 7-10 in number, and headed towards the town.
Flat Beach was full of birds, due to the high tide, with all the usual shorebirds, Barwits, Ringed Plovers, Grey Plovers, Curlews and the like, plus 200 Golden Plovers, 10 Little Egrets and the wintering Spotted Redshank. The old hide overlooking the wader pool has now been dismantled and is soon to be replaced by a shiny new one.

                                          Flat Beach

                                         I`m sure there used to be a hide here...

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