Sunday, 20 August 2017

August 20th.

Yesterday during the evening and again today,we had a Hobby over our garden.

August 20th (Sandwich and Oare Marshes)

The ringing at Sandwich this morning was rather slow.The best bird caught in the nets was the above Kingfisher.I looked in on Restharrow scrape and was surprised to see eight Green Sandpipers,the most I have seen together.
Although the Dowitcher was out of photographic range.The Bonaparte`s gull was quite close to the road.(top Dunlin)

August 19th (Headcorn)

Jeanette and I spent a very nice afternoon in Headcorn,Watching the air show from the comfort of Bob Bland`s garden.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

August 16th (Sandwich Bay)

A male juvenile Blackbird,with unusual plumage colouring.

I spent this morning ringing at Sandwich.There was a reasonable fall of birds (the night sky was mainly clear),79 birds were ringed,with a good overall selection.Garden Warblers,Reed Warblers,Willow Warblers,Sedge Warblers,Blackcaps and best of all another Nightingale,amongst others.

Friday, 11 August 2017

August 11th (New Hythe)

Goldfinch and Chiffchaff (juveniles)

Sunny and warm (0800-1000) East scrub.

BIRDS SEEN - Sparrowhawk 1,Nightingale 2,Common Whitethroat 4,Lesser Whitethroat 1 and Goldfinch 50+.

BIRDS RINGED

Chiffchaff  3

Goldfinch  4

Dunnock  1

Blue Tit  1

Great Tit  2

Blackcap  5

TOTAL  16

Sunday, 6 August 2017

August 6th Sandwich Bay)

Green Woodpecker (juv) Willow Warbler and Wood Warbler.

I spent this morning ringing at Sandwich.It was a rather chilly start,but later warmed up nicely.Although the night sky was clear,there was a good fall of birds.Most of which were Willow Warblers,with 85 ringed.The best bird caught in the nets was a nice Wood Warbler.the third so far this autumn.Late July,early August is a good time to see this species in Kent.