Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Birding over the Christmas break has been excellent. On Christmas Eve I walked the Seven Sisters with the dog and managed to see the resident Peregrine, Fulmar, and a Greenshank once I got into the Cuckmere. A brief foray out on the levels on Christmas day produced good views of the Richards' at Lookers' and a ringtail Hen Harrier. On the 28th the Peregrine were both seen on Horse-eye along with a ringtail and the Lookers' Dartford Warbler before I headed off to Pett where the Lesser Yellowlegs was seen well (though more distantly than for some) along with 2 flyover Bewicks'.
Yesterday (29th) I had an afternoon out with Dad and had excellent views of the RLB once we moved round to the forest side to get better light, as well as promenading SEO's, male Marsh Harrier, ringtail Hen Harrier, and Kingfisher back on the levels. Earlier in the day the Peregrine pair were on Down along with a ringtail and a Water Rail was squealing at Horse-eye Green. So finally to today when I took a quick spin over Down Level last thing (Lookers was crowded!) seeing Peregrine, Marsh Harrier (the one with the buff upperwing coverts), 3 Chiffchaff, and Kingfisher.
Other bits and bobs over the break have included a butterfly spp in Waitrose car park Hailsham on Christmas Eve (utv's!), Mink on the levels on 29th, and Red Fox on Down Level today.
Sunday, 21 December 2014
On the mammal front the frosty 14th produced a Weasel watched hunting on the ice covered ditches near Lookers', frustratingly it kept weaving in and out of the reeds and avoided my attempts to capture an image unlike the Mink seen on the 13th and 14th which is pictured at the head of this post!
Finally further afield the Rough-leg was still present the last time I looked (13th) while the Rock Pipits at Birling were being showy in the car park the same morning.
Friday, 12 December 2014
Last Sundays WEBS count (in the rain) on Down Level produced 2 Shoveler and 26 Teal on the scrape. Raptors comprised the resident pair of Peregrine who were perched up on the foot-bridge mid-level before heading off hunting, 2 Buzzard, ringtail Hen Harrier, and Marsh Harrier, while other bits included Water Rail. The Richards' Pipit failed to put in an appearrance when I looked for it later in the day although the Harriers, SEO's, and a male Kingfisher provided ample compensation.
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Yesterday afternoon (5th) the Dartford Warbler was still in the brambles south of Lookers' cottage, Ringtail Hen Harrier on Manxey Level, and Merlin and Marsh Harrier were on Down Level.