Monday, 11 February 2019

February 11th (New Hythe)

I was ringing in the (West scrub) this morning (08:00 - 10:00)


Blue Tit           2

Great Tit          3

Dunnock          1

Reed Bunting  11

Chaffinch         1

TOTAL             18

From the top  Siskin (male)  Reed Bunting (male) Chaffinch (male) adult (male) Chaffinch tail (6). 

Sunday, 3 February 2019

February 3rd (New Hythe)

Crisp and bright. (09:00 - 10:30).

From the top  female Teal (from the Bucket Wood)  Goosander (Railway lake)  Ring-necked Duck (Abbey Mead)  Snipe (from the Bucket Wood),from where I could see at least 20.

Friday, 1 February 2019

February 1st (Garden)

I caught two Blackcaps in the garden this morning.A female without a ring and a male that was already wearing a ring.Controlling a winter Blackcap is well worth the effort.This bird was wearing a ring from the Jersey ringing scheme.I will eagerly await the ringing information,when it comes through via the BTO.

Later during the afternoon,the male returned.I was watching it feeding on some apples that I had put out.When a cat jumped up and snatched at the bird,luckily he escaped,though missing most of his tail.

The above photo was taken before the attack.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

January 25th-29th (Wales)

Myself along with some other members of Sandwich Bay B O T.Went on a short bird watching holiday to North Wales,we stayed in a hotel along the beach front in Llandudno.

During our stay we visited Conway R S P B reserve,Anglesey,Caernarfon,Snowdonia National Park and Penrhos,Coastal Park.I personally saw 75 species.The overall total count for the group,was probably in the low 80s.Birds of note that I saw were - Great Northern Diver Red Kite Chough Raven Goosander Black Guillmot Pale-bellied Brent Goose Slavonia Grebe Shag and a Great Grey Shrike.The latter,was seen from the coach on the way up,twenty minutes away from Llandudno.

I also saw the long staying Rose Coloured Starling.Which was only a fifteen minute walk away from the hotel.

My thanks to Mike Briggs,who done an excellent job in organising the trip and Ken Chapman for planning ours days out.

Monday, 21 January 2019

21st January (Ringing control)

The adult female Reed Bunting that I controlled on the 18th of this month.Was ringed on Oct 16th 2016,as a young bird of the year (3),at Glyne Gap Marsh,East Sussex,53Km.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

January 20th (New Hythe/Leybourne)

From the top   -  Ring-necked Duck (Abbey Mead) Shoveler,Mallard and Teal (Streamside lake),Goldeneye (small Alders lake),Snipe on the Medway,from the Bucket wood.I saw the Goosander  on the big Alders lake.

Friday, 18 January 2019

January 18th (New Hythe)

Another ringing session in the (west scrub) 0815 - 10:00


Blue Tit              8

Great Tit             5

Long-tailed Tit   1 re-trap (ringed in the west scrub on the 12 01 18)

Reed Bunting      1 (control)

Adult (6) female Reed Bunting and Long-Tailed Tit (below)