Wednesday, 20 June 2018

June 20th (New Hythe)

I had a nice little session in the west scrub this morning,nice variety,but no decent numbers as yet.(07:00 - 09:30) cloudy,brighter later.(2X40 west scrub).

Notable birds seen - 3 noisy Oystercatchers over,2 Med Gulls over and 1 Linnet seen in the east scrub.

BIRDS RINGED

Great Spotted Woodpecker  1 adult  1 juvenile

Blackcap  2 juvenile

Dunnock  1 adult

Long tailed Tit  1 juvenile

Wren   1  juvenile 

Nightingale  1  juvenile 

TOTAL  8

From top  Green Woodpecker,Blackcap (juv),Nightingale,Grey Wagtail (juv) and one of our garden juvenile Blackbirds).



Tuesday, 12 June 2018

June 12th (Oare Marsh)

I went to Oare marsh this morning,with Bob Bland and the two Geffs (08:30-11:00).( dull,with a cold northeasterly).Our target bird was the returning Bonaparte`s Gull (now its sixth year).

We found the bird feeding along Faversham creek,mainly in the area of the out flow.Its still in full breeding plumage and looks immaculate.



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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

June 30th (BITS AND PIECES)

Top male Cuckoo,ringed at Sandwich (April 29th),Pair of Great Crested Grebes,on the river at New Hythe (unusual during the summer).Cuckoo (Sunken marsh),Oystercatchers (river),pair of Blackbirds (garden),Cetti`s Warbler (New Hythe),Nightingale (New Hythe).Lapwing chicks (Burham marsh).

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

April 24th (Stodmarsh)

Cloudy to start,brighter later SW.

I went to Stodmarsh today with Bob Bland,Trevor Maynard and Big Jeff.We saw 61 species of bird,the best being- - BLACK KITE 1,Red Kite 2,Marsh Harrier 6,Common Buzzard 3,Hobby 1,Sparrowhawk 1,Kestral 1,Garganey 1 (from ramp),Cuckoo 1,Bittern 1 (booming),G W Egret 1 Nightingale 1 (car park) Garden Warbler 2 and Swift 6.

From bottom Garganey,Hobby,Red Kite,Black Kite,Marsh Harrier and top Black Kite.

Monday, 16 April 2018

April 9th-15th (Scotland) Loch Awe)

I spent last week with other members of Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory at Loch Awe,Scotland.The highlight of the week was the two visits we made to Mull.The weather was kind,better than down south and the sea  on both crossings to Mull was like a mill pond.

I believe we saw around a total of 109 species of birds.The best being Sea Eagle,Golden Eagle,Iceland Gull,Black Guillemot and Great Northern Diver.