Tuesday, 6 November 2012

November 6th (New Hythe)

A beautiful bright morning gave way to a rather dull afternoon.

The duck Common Scotor was still present on Brookland.Out of the twelve or so New Hythe records of this sea duck,this bird is the most long staying.All of the others have only stayed around for one or two days
Over the past few weeks Tufted Duck numbers have been increasing and numbered at least (80) on the above lake,2 Shoveler were also present.Abbey Mead produced (6) Mute Swans,(2) Canada Geese,(96) Coot,(2) Wigeon,(10) Pochard,(63) Tufted Duck,(6) Gadwall and a Sparrowhawk.
Along the river I saw  (5) Teal,(1) Lapwing,(2) Little Grebe and (1) Redshank.Good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare remained in the Sunken marsh,where (6) Reed Bunting and (2) Bullfinch were also seen.Three Siskin and ( I ) Lesser Redpoll were feeding in the area of the Streamside lake,a Chiffchaff was heard along the millstream and in the small marsh by the car park a Water Rail was seen.


  1. Would love one of them in the Stour Valley. A nice shot of the Scoter.

  2. Hi Marc,thanks.Keep looking,like all diving ducks they can be easily overlooked.