Tuesday, 6 November 2018

November 6th (Thanet,Kent)

Today I went to Margate with Bob Bland,Trevor Maynard and big and little Jeff.To see the adult plumaged White Billed Diver.

After a frustrating run around between Bottany Bay and Minnis Bay.We finally caught up with the bird at 13:15.It was watched swimming strongly east towards Westgate.From where we first looked for it at 08:30 this morning.

Our thanks to Simon,who sent us a text at 11:45,saying that it was in Minnis Bay



Friday, 26 October 2018

October 10th - 24th (Slovenia)

We had a two week holiday in the Village of Kranjska Gora (810m).The village has a wonderful setting surrounded by the northern mountains of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke range and is    within walking distance of the Italian boarder.It is best known as a winter sports centre (Skiing) but also has many walking and cycling routes all graded and well sign posted.

The weather during our stay,was exceptionally warm,considering it was mid October.Although it did turn colder towards the latter end of our last week.

Slovenia is well known for its range of Owl species and Woodpeckers.Although we looked very hard and long,we found no roosting Owls and only saw or heard three species of Woodpecker,Black,Grey-headed and Great Spotted.During our stay,numbers of Blackbirds,Song Thrushes,Redwings and Fieldfare were noted passing through.On the whole birding was rather slow,especially in the forests,In all we saw a total of (52) species,(41) of which were in the Kranjska area.

SPECIES LIST
Carrion Crow  Hooded Crow  House Sparrow  Tree Sparrow  Great Tit  Blue Tit  Marsh Tit  Crested Tit  Long-Tailed Tit5  Black Redstart  Dipper  Chaffinch  Mallard  Grey-headed Woodpecker  Black Woodpecker  Great Spotted Woodpecker  Blackbird  Song Thrush  Fieldfare  Redwing  Water Pipit  White Wagtail  Kestral  Nutcracker  Starling  Goldfinch  Linnet  Chiffchaff  Jay  Goldcrest  Siskin  Grey Heron  Treecreeper  Wren  Brambling  Serin  Alpine Chough  Crossbill  Raven  Common Buzzard.

Away from the Kranjska area - Cormorant  Goosander  Pintail  Jackdaw  Magpie  Mute Swan  Common Kingfisher  Mistle Thrush  Wood Pigeon  Nuthatch  Coot.

We saw three Butterfly species - Red Admiral  Clouded Yellow and one white (sper).


Friday, 28 September 2018

September 24th and 28th (New Hythe)

Two ringing sessions in the west scrub (2X40ft).

BIRDS RINGED

Blackcap  26

Common Whitethroat  1

Blue Tit  1

Great Tit  1 + re trap

Reed Warbler 1

long-tailed Tit  2

Wren  2

Great Spotted Woodpecker  2

TOTAL  36 + 1 re trap

Photo Whitethroat and L T TIT