Sunday, 21 April 2013

up to 20 jack snipes at a single site.

Sunday, 14 April 2013


















pretty much as yday but lots more summer migrants with good numbers of willows, wheatears, swallows and sand martins with a few yellow wags and sedge warblers. water pipits increased to three, one of which was singing. also a ruddy duck somewhere and the sanderling lingered on for another day.

yday: in the morning 4 garganey, 11 jack snipes and a water pipit were at various sites. in the afternoon i hit splash point in SE's and rain but it was crap. i then got a txt from jake of all people about a reported shag at the res so went to investigate. of course, i didnt see it but a very confiding sanderling was on the dam.

dross from the week: 2 red kites over queens park, seowl lewes, med gull heard at 10:30pm over garden, little ringed plovers, and 7 black necked grebes at the res. of the five, two were a pair and displaying.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

despite seeing my first butterflies of the year, a large proportion of the res was frozen over this morning and it was bloody freezing. even the dwarf horses had frost on their coats. it was another pretty slow day with the usual jack snipes, white wags, chiffs, meds, bearded tits, little ringed plover and garganey (a male at arlington). best thing however was a lovely flock of 10 summer plumaged water pipits.

yday: 4 little ringed plovers at a private site. white wag at the res. 4 jack snipes at newhaven. boring.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013



















yday: another long and slow day. 7 jack snipe were at newhaven. a bittern, avocet, male white wag, 2 bearded tits and 4 jack snipe were around eastbourne. early evening 2 avocets were swimming in the middle of the res for 5 mins then flew off. got home at six expecting to put me feet up but instead trudged up balsdean for a brace of ring ouzels dad had found earlier.