About Me

I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

A Visit to Castle Water, Rye, East Sussex


A morning visit to the View Point and a walk along the northern banks to the hide

Weather:

Dull becoming sunny, wind light North Westerly

Sightings of Note:

Water levels are extremely low however from the view point 3 Bearded Tits crossed the water, in the bushes a Chiff Chaff and a couple of Cettis Warblers were heard calling, 2 Snipe flew over and several Curlew were in the surrounding fields, en route to the hide several Meadow Pipits flew over as well as House and Sand Martins. From the hide 1 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, a Sparrow Hawk swooped over without success, 2 Ravens were croaking overhead, and a Marsh Harrier put in a brief appearance, a Cettis Warbler gave good views in an adjacent blackberry bush. Also seen was a grass snake slithering through the undergrowth in front of the hide, a Comma and Clouded Yellow butterfly
Thursday 1st October 2009 Bath time in the garden at Fairlight
At about 8.30 this morning the back garden became alive with an assortment of species, taking their turn in having a dip in the pond, within 15 minutes I counted Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Starling, Robin, Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal tit, Wood Pigeon, Green Finch, Chaffinch, and Chiff Chaff. It then all went quiet as Wiskey the cat appeared from under the willow tree.

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