Birding Beaumonts

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20th September



A surprise to find 4 CATTLE EGRETS (an adult with 3 juveniles) feeding amongst the sheep in one of the fields this morning - a patch tick !


A KINGFISHER dashed low across the lake and a distant calling REDSHANK was eventually found high in the sky as a speck, careering further and further away.

13th September


My first ever GARGANEY seen at West Rise this morning !

The Lottbridge Pool was starkly different from my last visit, filled to the brim with water and thus no waders apart from a single long-legged BLACK-TAILED GODWIT walking around amongst some TEAL.

Lots of birds in the air all morning - mainly heaps of HIRUNDINES and MEADOW PIPITS.






20th August





Quick look at midday, too much wind. Not much but the 5 GODWITS are still present and correct...











19th August




The WOOD SAND and the GODWITS still there. A WHITE STORK came in very low and circled around - it would surely have handed had I not been standing there with a camera.

18th August


Quite a shock to see the pond this morning through the thick mist - yesterday's deluge of rain has filled it up with water and waders were back and tucking into the mud again, notably WOOD SANDPIPER, RINGED PLOVER and 5 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS



Bird of the day though was easily this WOOD WARBLER in the trees by the entrance gate - a rare bird in Sussex these days and apparently the first ever for West Rise !










17th August



Very welcome cool, grey and still conditions this morning. Just before a torrential downpour these BLACK-TAILED GODWITS flew around looking for somewhere to land.  

There were at least 4 WHINCHATS and 4 WHEATEARS on the fenceposts.










15th August


This was the scene at the Lottbridge Pool a couple of days ago so it was hardly surprising to find no waders at all there today - can't really blame them. A YELLOW-LEGGED GULL was on the lake and 4 WHINCHATS were milling around up near the beehives.


12th August




These two MED GULLS were on site this afternoon, plus a WHINCHAT and the usual waders on the Lottbridge Pool.











9th August




This rather short-billed CURLEW flew slowly around overhead this morning, idly calling now and again - it was certainly having a good look at the mud below but decided against it...










8th August



Interestingly the 2 very black-bellied DUNLINS on site this morning were not the same as yesterday's birds. 


Lots of WILLOW WARBLERS around at the moment, several singing.


Here's one of the grotty-looking juvenile WATER RAILS that are walking boldly around away from the reeds - somehow they look much rarer like that !







7th August


The water is rapidly disappearing from the Lottbridge Pool it'll dry out completely at this rate - really must make the most of this welcome wader scenario. There were 5 species there this morning including a smattering of SNIPE and these two DUNLINS.



6th August


Best bird this morning was this CUCKOO which flopped up and down from the fence posts into the long grass. It eventually flapped strongly away, flashing a pure grey rump. Fewer waders with only 3 GREEN SANDPIPERS, but the GREAT EGRET was seen again and a distant CURLEW was heard calling.



5th August


Nice image of a pair of GREAT CRESTED GREBES this morning scurrying fast across the lake, still with one of the younguns riding on top. Good for waders again with 7 GREEN SANDPIPERS, a SNIPE, a LAPWING and 2 GREENSHANKS now on the mud. A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER was in the willows along with some corking WILLOW WARBLERS. A WHINCHAT and a WHEATEAR were together on the same fence up by the beehives.



4th August

Real signs of migration this morning with the first WHEATEAR of the autumn and groups of SAND MARTINS flying purposefully overhead to the south. GREENSHANK still there, along with 5 GREEN SANDS.


3rd August



Another count of 19 LITTLE EGRETS today, all standing conveniently in a long line in front of a feeding GREENSHANK.

A COMMON SANDPIPER flew around over the lake, and this YELLOW-LEGGED GULL was with the HERRINGS.








2nd August

Just a quick look at the mud situation late this morning - a tantalizingly small, half-asleep, half-hidden wader eventually turned out to be one of the DUNLINS, and a GREENSHANK flew around calling.



1st August



Record shot here of 2 of 4 DUNLINS on site this morning, all prefering to sneak about on the edges of the reeds and much more wary than the GREEN SANDPIPERS still on show.

An adult and a very brown-looking juvenile WATER RAIL were on show. 







31st July



The LRP was still on the Lottbridge Pool along with 5 GREEN SANDPIPERS, the GREAT EGRET and a world record 19 LITTLE EGRETS.

This YELLOW-LEGGED GULL flew over.









29th July


4 restless GREEN SANDPIPERS flying around this morning, and this WHINCHAT was by the beehives. 2 LESSER WHITETHROATS and 2 WILLOW WARBLERS were in the trees running alongside the Sevenoaks Road.



27th July

A WHIMBREL was heard occasionally high in the sky, and eventually spotted as a speck flying out towards the coast. A GREAT EGRET was on the Lottbridge Pool, surounded by 14 LITTLE EGRETS.



22nd July

Impressive-looking flock of GOLDFINCHES by the buffalo shed - at least 175 birds I'd say...