Monday, 12 February 2018

February 12th (Godmersham)

Probably only two birds were present this morning and photo opportunities were far and few between.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

February 8th (Godmersham)

This morning,I finally caught up with some of last autumns eruptive Hawfiches.I saw at least six  feeding in the grounds of along the lane,which runs past it.The birds were feeding in the yew and hornbeam trees,which are plentiful in the area.

Although it was nice and bright.I didn`t quite manage to get into the right position to take a decent photo.I think I need to go back at some stage..

While I was there,other birds that I saw are as follows - Grey Wagtail,Common Buzzard,Nuthatch,Goldfinch,Greenfinch,Mistle Thrush,Goldcrest,G S Woodpecker,Moorhen and Chaffinch.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

February 6th (New Hythe)

I was ringing this morning in the West Scrub (0830-1000).


Treecreeper  1

Long-tailed Tit  3 + 3 re traps

Dunnock  1

Blue Tit  4

Great Tit  1

TOTAL  10 + 3 re traps

All three re traps were L T Tits.

JAT879 ringed on the 14 09 16

JAT915 . .. . ... .. . . . . .10 09 17

HPD973 ......................09 10 15

A few weeks ago,I received information from the BTO on a bird that I had ringed in the West Scrub.

JAT869 Willow Warbler (3j) in juvenile plumage,ringed on the  07 Sept 2016

(controlled),caught by a ringer at Laguna,de la Nava,Palencia,Spain,on the 25 Aug 17.The bird had presumably stopped off,to put on more fuel.Before continuing further south to its wintering area in Africa.
Other birds that I saw--the long staying Goosander and four Lesser Redpolls.The Redpolls were the first I have seen in the area this winter.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

January 28th (New Hythe)

The Goosander was seen on the Streamside lake this morning.and the long staying Scaup,along with 151 Pochard was still present on Abbey Meads.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

January 17th (New Hythe and Chatham Docks)

I went to Chatham Docks this morning,with Bob Bland to see the G N Diver.We also looked in on Abbey Meads (New Hythe,where Bob wanted to see the long staying Scaup.It was nice to see that the
Pochard flock is still growing,with 105 birds today.

Friday, 12 January 2018

January 12th (New Hythe)

I saw 1 red-head Goosander on the Streamside lake and on Abbey Meads,300 Tufted Duck,45 Pochard,52 Gadwall,1 Scaup,4 Shoveler and a pair of Wigeon.Small numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing,were about the bushes..

Sunday, 7 January 2018

January 7th (Dungeness)

Strong NE,cold. Ist winter Glaucous Gull and 2nd winter Caspian Gull.