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.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Monday 27th August Dungeness

A quick morning visit to Dungeness, stopping off at the ARC pit the water was still quite high, usual ducks a few Dunlin, 1 Marsh Harrier, and a Little Stint.

Another birder referred to this as a Temmincks?


Also a Wood Sandpiper turned up from nowhere


Wood Sandpiper
At the Patch amoung the gulls and terns 2 Black Terns, Juvenile Little Gull, and an Arctic Skua around.
Meanwhile at the fishing boats I had just missed a large movement of all 4 types of Skuas.

Monday, 20 August 2012

SWW to Pagham. Sunday 19th August

A very hot Sunday morning at the Northwall of Pagham Harbour, found all the usual warblers and waders. Highlights for me was this Spotted Redshank.

In the far distance 7 Yellow legged Gulls roosting on an Island, from there we headed to Pagham spit where a Redstart flew overhead but on the way we found Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint.

We then went off to Thorney Island for the Osprey, who was sitting on his usual post as we got out the cars, another year tick for me at last. With reports of a Spotted Crake at Farlington Marshes only a few miles down the road we went on.

On arrival a group of birders in the distance, so this was hopeful only to be told by one returning to his car not been seen since 9.00am and its now 2.30pm. Having made the trip, we had to have a look. On arrival at the spot someone who I've seen before said showing well now! and put us straight on to the bird. Although distant good views were had through the scope.

Spotted Crake (at the back)

Also around Water Rail, Winchatt and Spotted Flycatcher.