Wednesday, 16 August 2017

 Early morning clear view from Hanson
From Hanson early this morning it was good not to have to peer through a wall of reeds to see the birds on the islands. 3 Common Sandpipers, a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Little Ringed plovers were the highlight among many feral Geese and eclipse wildfowl, though I'm sure more will be seen now that it can be viewed.
Reed Warbler Denge Marsh
On the reserve there were far fewer Common Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers than yesterday though still a good selection of waders and herons also still 2 Whinchats at the top of the return trail.
 Starlings bathing in the puddles at the fishing boats
This afternoons sea watch from the fishing boats with AJG was uneventful:
Gannet: 23 around
Cormorant: 5 around
Whimbrel: 1 down
Arctic Skua: 4+ around
Kittiwake: 6 down
Sandwich Tern: 251 down
Common Tern: 4 down
Grey Seal: 1 around
Harbour Porpoise: 10+ around
 1 of 2 Garganey at Firth this evening
A visit to the reserve this evening found of note 2 Garganey from Firth, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, Ringed Plovers, Dunlin and at least 5 common Sandpipers.
 Green Sandpiper from Firth this evening
 Male Gem best in the trap today
A very small Adaina microdactyla (Hemp Agrimony Plume)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

First thing this morning at the ARC from Hanson a couple of Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover and Black-tailed Godwit among the Lapwings, Black-headed Gulls and wildfowl.
At the reserve centre I assisted Barry Banson with the reserve MV, much to our surprise and delight we found a gorgeous Beautiful Marbled a very scarce migrant from the continent.
The sea was apparently fairly quiet this morning though 6 Arctic Skuas were seen also 2 Great white Egrets and a Spoonbill flew out to to sea per AJG.
 Beautiful Marbled
 Common Sandpiper
An excellent walk around the reserve Plenty of waders around the reserve including a Wood Sandpiper, 8+ Green Sandpipers, 7+ Common Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 19+ Dunlin, 14+ Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, 21 Redshank, 6+ Great White Egrets, 2+ Whinchats, 4+ Wheatears, a Stonechat, many Common Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers, Cetti's Warblers and more, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was in the gull roost by the entrance track.
 Sedge Warbler
 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at the fishing boats
This afternoons sea watch from the fishing boats in the company of AJG:
Shelduck: 6 down
Gannet: 28 around
Cormorant: 6 around
Sanderling: 2 down
Arctic Skua: 4+ around
Mediterranean Gull: 1 down juvenile
Yellow-legged Gull: 1 juvenile around
Kittiwake: 29 down
Sandwich tern: 107 down
Common Tern: 30 down
Sand Martin: 38 out
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 10+

 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at the fishing boats

Portland Moth
A Portland Moth was the star find in the Plodland MV also the my first Dog,s Tooth today.

Monday, 14 August 2017


4 Hummingbird Hawkmoths on the power station perimeter wall this morning. The walk from there to the observatory taking in the lighthouse garden, station scrub, West Beach and Lloyds saw just a couple of Common Whitethroats, a Black Redstart and a Peregrine. After a cup of tea at the observatory where a Tree Pipit flew over, I decided to wander around the Desert without any expectations. 3 Wheatears around The Moat were a good start and as soon I reached the Gorse Common Whitethroats started appearing, by the time I'd covered The Desert, shingle and scrub up to Kerton Road I'd seen  c100 Common Whitethroats, with much smaller numbers of Lesser Whitethroats and Reed Warblers, also 4 Yellow Wagtails, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, a nice Tit flock of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits with a few Chaffinches tagging along, 2 Marsh Harriers, a Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Back at the observatory a very pale Common Buzzard came over, joined by a normal plumaged bird and a Marsh Harrier, they flew out over the power station then seemingly saw the sea and changed there minds and headed back inland.
worn adult Lesser Whitethroat
Reed Warbler
fresh juvenile Lesser Whitethroat
2 very different Common Buzzards over the observatory
Black Redstart at Lloyds
Bedstraw Hawkmoth at the observatory courtesy of Barry Banson.
A visit to Hanson saw all the usual wildfowl, Cormorants and Gulls but little of note.
An hour at the fishing boats this afternoon topped up my sun tan but was a total non event avian wise.
Wood Sandpiper from Makepiece
Late afternoon on Burrowes 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 19 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 4 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, Great White Egret and a Sandwich Tern over all from Firth and Makepiece.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

 Wheatears on the reserve
 Early morning around the reserve still plenty of Common Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers and a few Willow Warblers, 5 Wheatears, 1,000+ Sand Martins moved through, 3 Ruff, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 3+ Common Snipe, 4+ Common Sandpipers and 4 Great White Egrets of note as well as all the usual wildfowl.
 Marsh Harrier Denge Marsh
Yellow Wagtail on the Plodland roof catching flying Ants
An hour sky watching from home saw 4 Marsh Harriers, 4 Common Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 100s of Sand Martins moving through and  4 Yellow Wagtails of note.
This afternoons sea watch from the fishing boats was not particularly inspiring, 4-5 Arctic Skuas chasing Terns off shore, a few Gannets and 100s more Sand Martins on the beach and moving south. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

 Greenfinches feeding on the Sun Flowers in the field opposite home
From the driveway this morning I watched 6 Greenfinches feeding on the Sun Flowers in the field opposite, also there 20+Common Whitethroats, 10+ Sedge Warblers, 10+ Willow Warblers, 20+ Linnets, 8 Goldfinches and 4 Yellow Wagtails.
 Black-tailed Godwits over Denge Marsh early morning
After receiving a text from AJG telling me not to bother with the sea I drove the short distance down to Springfield Bridge this morning, getting out of the car 2 Ravens flew over also flock of 10 Black-tailed Godwits flew over towards The Midrips. From the bridge I could see at least 3 Great White Egrets on the marsh, 100s of Sand Martins and a few Swifts. In the ditch by hay field 3 a party of  5+ Bearded Tits along with many Reed Warblers, a few Sedge Warblers, a Cetti's Warbler and a calling Water Rail. From Denge Marsh Hide 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Common Snipe, 2+ Marsh Harriers and a flock of 45 Golden plover that flew over towards Rye.
 100s of Sand Martins over the lakes again this morning
The walk from Denge Marsh to Makepiece saw 2 Lesser Whitethroats, several Reed Buntings, more Common Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers and a Sparrowhawk.
From Makepiece 100s of Sand Martins some resting on the newly created islands, 4 Common Sandpipers but little else due to disturbance from on going works. The walk to the VC then up the entrance track and round to Denge Marsh and Springfield Bridge saw basically the same as the first walk to Makepiece with the addition of 2 Wheatears and a Common Buzzard.
Denge Marsh Gully produced more Common Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and another Wheatear.
13.40-16.00 from the fishing boats with AJG & RW many thanks to them foe collating the numbers:
Common Scoter: 47 up
Gannet: 171 down
Ringed Plover: 3 down
Dunlin: 10 down
Whimbrel: 1 down
Arctic Skua: 2 down
Kittiwake: 7 down
Sandwich Tern: 488 down
Common Tern: 25 down
Kittiwake: 7 down
Sand Martin: 22 out
Swallow: 5  out
Yet another Scarce Bordered Straw from the MV last night
2 more Jersey tigers last night

Friday, 11 August 2017

 Willow Warblers
 Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats were around the point in good numbers today along with a few Sedge and Reed Warblers, a juvenile Marsh Harrier drifted high out to sea.
The reserve was quiet with few each of Green and Common Sandpipers per MH & CT.
 Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the obs garden
 Bar-headed Goose
At Scotney the massed ranks of 5 species of feral Geese, 4 Common Sandpipers and little else of note. 
 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at the fishing boats
13.30-17.00 from the fishing boats with AJG:
Common Scoter: 40 up  12 down
Gannet: c100 around
Cormorant: 24 around
Turnstone: 3 down
Arctic Skua: 5 around
Yellow-legged Gull: 2 around both juveniles
Sandwich Tern: 504 down
Common Tern: 8 down
Swift: 3 out
Sand Martin: 153 out
Harbour Porpoise: 6+
Grey Seal: 1
 Sandwich Tern at the fishing boats

Carrying off its tiny catch
4 of the 5 Jersey Tigers in the mv last night. The Great Tit beat me to No.5 leaving me the wings.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

As I sorted out the MV this morning the Gulls started alarming, I looked up to see a large raptor heading towards the reserve suspecting it was a Honey Buzzard, by the the time I got my binoculars from the car the bird was a long way off into the sun, so I wrote it off as one that got away.
Arriving at the sea watch hide AJG was already there and informed me that a Honey Buzzard flew straight out to sea about the time my bird would have been crossing the coast!
The rest of the sea watch was very poor with a few Gannets, Sandwich Terns and Kittiwakes.
A walk around the trapping area found just a few Willow Warblers and Common Whitethroats, single Sparrowhawk and a single Great Spotted Woodpecker of note.
A Melodious Warbler was in a private garden first thing and not seen again.
On the reserve Sand Martins were back in good numbers with a few Swifts, the Black Tern was still present, 10+ Dunlin, 4+Common Sandpipers, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Wood Sandpiper flew through as did a Peregrine.
15.00-17.00 from the fishing boats:
Common Scoter: 7 up
Fulmar: 2 up    1 down
Gannet: 124 down     47 up
Cormorant: 19 around
Arctic Skua: 4 down
Mediterranean Gull: 3 up all juvs.
Yellow-legged Gull: 2 juveniles around
Kittiwake: 19 up
Sandwich Tern: c100 around
Common Tern: c20 around
Sand Martin: 9 out
Harbour Porpoise: 8+
Grey Seal: 1

 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

 Harbour Porpoises

 Harbour Porpoise and Sandwich Tern
juvenile Mediterranean Gull

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

 There were 4 Hummingbird Hawkmoths by the power station perimeter wall early this morning.
As I arrived at the sea watch hide this morning AJG came out having seen very little in the last half hour of his early watch, though 3 Balearic Shearwaters moved west very early morning.
 Juvenile female Peregrine with prey on the power station
There were a few Willow warblers around the Lightouse and a few more were ringed at the observatory after being caught in The Moat. One of the juvenile Peregrines was enjoying a Pigeon for breakfast watched by an adult that sat high on a pylon.
 A walk around the trapping area saw my first Redstart of the Autumn, along with c30 each of Common Whitethroat and Willow Warbler, 4+ Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Reed Warblers and 3 Wheatears that were opposite Jarmans.
Reed Warbler
A Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 juvenile Marsh Harriers were the only notable birds among the 100s of wildfowl on the ARC this morning. There was also a noticeable lack of Sand Martins around today.
Juvenile Black Tern, Burrowes.
This evening on Burrowes a juvenile Black Tern was new in, also 4 Common Sandpipers and 11 Dunlin there.
A late evening vigil by Lade South ended without seeing this mornings Night Heron, while waiting 5 Little Egrets around, a pair of Sparrowhawks and Great Spotted Woodpecker of note.