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.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Tuesday 7th Feb Bittern Hunt continues

Set off from Dog's Hill with Frank, a walk around Rye Hbr reserve and returning via Castle Water.

Along the beach Turnstone, Grey Plover, Knot flying around off shore.
Common Gulls
Herring Gulls - a 3rd Winter?
Long Pit - Tufted, Pochard and Mallard, plus Goldeneye the male displaying.

A Robin flew down to investigate Frank's ball hoping for a piece of fruit
 Green Woodpecker short of trees on an electricity post
Thanks to him had the camera out but on the wrong setting for a Bittern that flew over and landed into Corner Pool but couldn't relocate it.

All the time I was being watched
On to Castle Water viewpoint still frozen although the snow had melted off the reeds.
At the Warehouse end a Barn owl appeared but I was looking into sun

On the fields Golden Plover were feeding on the grass patches
also the Canadas, Greylags and the Farm Yard Goose whose moved from Pett Level
At the hide more water had frozen over compared with yesterday, a Ruff joined the lapwings on the nearest Island and the camera refused to focus hopefully only due to the cold weather. On the way back Fieldfares coming into roost in the wood and Frank flushed a Woodcock. A Merlin flew over the shore ridges. 3.5 hour dog walk was he tired no.

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