Saturday, 22 September 2018

September 22nd (Dungeness)

On the way back home from Rye,Jeanette and I called in at Dungeness,Although it was only a short visit,it proved to be very rewarding.

Along the entrance track to the reserve,four of the eight Cattle Egret that are present in the area were on show.A posing Great White Egret made a fine sight from the Hanson hide.From where a very close Bittern was playing hide and seek and on Burrowes pit were five newly arrived Spoonbill,all very nice.


Friday, 7 September 2018

September 7th (CATCH UP)

Jeanette and I met Ann and Bob Bland at Oare Marsh this morning (6th).Before moving on to Oare village for a nice pub meal.

At the time of our visit,it was high tide.So the east scrape was packed with roosting and feeding waders.Mostly,Black-tailed Godwit,Golden Plover,Redshank,Lapwing,Dunlin and Ringed Plover.Amongst these commoner birds however,we did find 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Spotted Redshank.
 Spotted Redshank,Ruff and Golden Plover.

Since my last ringing session on August 1st at New Hythe.I have had a further seven,the last being on Setember 7th.

I caught my last 3 Nightingales of the autumn,one of which was a re-trap on August 4th.Its been a poor year for Willow Warblers,none turned up in the nets and only a few Chiffchaffs have been trapped so far.Although Chiff numbers hopefully will increase later this month and next.One Sedge Warbler,far less common than formerly,turned up on September 1st. 


Nightingale  2 + 1 re trap

Blackbird  1

Chiffchaff  2

Bullfinch  1

Sedge Warbler  1

Garden Warbler  1

Reed Warbler  13

Common Whitethroat  1

Blackcap  41

Great Tit  5

Blue Tit  2

TOTAL  70 + 1 re trap 

Garden Warbler,Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

August 5th (Oare marsh)

As I pulled up by the east flood this morning.I was just in time to see a Peregrine dashing about trying to catch itself a meal.A brave lone Lapwing was trying to see it off.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

August 2nd (Oare Marsh)

Clear and very warm (10:30 - 11:45)

Jeanette and I met up with Ann and Bob Bland at Oare marsh this morning.Before moving into Oare itself,for a very nice meal in the Castle Pub.

At the marsh it was nice to catch up with the moulting adult Red-necked Phalarope,which I believe has been present for a week or more.The tide was way out,so the smaller waders were in short supply on the flood,but we did see a young L R Plover.Which was quite close to the road,unlike the Phalarope which stayed way off.

On the 1st,I had another ringing session in the west scrub at New Hythe and was pleasantly surprised when I caught 8 more new Nightingales,2 adults and 6 young birds.The young birds have now lost their body spots (a bird I first caught on the 9th of July with body spotting) had moulted out all of them save for one small spot on its crown,only eight days later when it was re-trapped.One of the adult birds I caught had completed its full post breeding moult and the other bird was almost there,primary two (outer) was at stage four.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

July 9th and 15th (New Hythe)

Two ringing sessions in the west scrub (2X 40ft) 07:00 - 09:30.


Nightingale  9  juveniles

Blackcap  10  juv

Chiffchaff  1 adult + 1 re trap from earlier this year

Robin  2  juv

Common Whitethroat  2  juv

Reed Warbler  5 juv + 2 adults

Song Thrush  1 juv

Great Tit  1 Juv

Dunnock  3 juv

TOTAL  36 +  1 re trap

From Top Reed Warbler imm,Chiffchaff (moulting ad) Nightingale imm

Saturday, 7 July 2018

July 7th (New Hythe)

Remaining very warm (2 x 40ft west scrub) 07:00 - 09:00.


Nightingale  3 juv

Blackbird  1 adult

Reed Warbler  2 juv

Blackcap  4  juv

Wren  1  juv

Cetti`s Warbler  1 adult,from last year (re-trap).

TOTAL  11 + 1 re-trap