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, 20 February 2013

Sunday 17th Feb Once more over the border.

Saturday evening searching whats around, heading off to Kent Sunday am looked a good idea. After walking the dogs thick fog gradually started to lift so I set off at 10am stopping at Pett sea wall to ask Pete Rouse what he's seen already - only the "4 Pink Feet" and the usuals. From here went onto Scotney G. P. and eventually found the female Scaup. Then onto Greatstone and after half an hour search around the Varne Sailing Club the 3 Snow Buntings came from nowhere and landed infront of me.

Next stop was to Lade Gravel Pits for the Black-throated Diver, walking from Seaview Avenue towards the pit another birder kindly pointed me in the right direction on the other side of the pit.

 It was good to see one fairly close (as usually distant flying over the sea) but not close enough for a good pic
 Looks a bit odd here as the sun caught the head. So far 3 out of 3 on my list for today

Next stop was onto the RSPB reserve first for the 5 Bean Geese that were distant but easy to find as the crowd were eager to point out.

 A walk round to the mound (not stopping at the hides) for no 5 on the list Penduline Tit reported yesterday. After an hour of looking without success but did see a Bittern and a couple of fly by Beardies and 7 Barnacle geese.

 I decided to start heading for home. But stopped off again at Scotney to have another look for the Scaup and to my amazement a Drake had joined the female. - So not seeing one last year I now see 2 in one day. Albeit very distant.
Drake Scaup

As high tide was approaching I stopped off at Rye Harbour reserve and managed to find my first Avocets of the year (5) the Little Stint and eventually the over wintering Spotted Redshank.

Another good day.

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