Tuesday, 30 June 2009

My computer has a virus,so I am using my daughters in Maidstone,so hence the very little Blogging.

New Hythe,June 29th.

I walked from the Brookland car-park,following the lake round the eastern edge,past the sunken marsh and Abbey Meads,over the rail,through the east and west scrub and then back along the Mill stream path,by 0900 it was already very warm.Two Goldfinch and a Common Tern were noted in the Brookland area,along with 4 Cetti`s Warbler.At the sunken marsh a female Cuckoo was heard and one Turtle Dove was displaying in the area.Walking through the east scrub a mixed flock of Tits and Warblers was in evidence,about 25 birds in all.The west scrub produced 2 Turtle Dove,2 singing Willow Warbler,2 Jays and one G S Woodpecker.Nightingales were only in evidence by their churring and whistling calls (most if not all have young now).

1982 70 pairs of Sedge Warbler were located in TQ76,this included 25 pairs around the banks of Abbey Mead lake.
1981 One pair of Bearded Tit raised two broods at Burham marsh (only breeding record) the male bird was ringed at Tichfield Haven,Hampshire,as a young bird on the 27 07 1980.

Garden,June 27th.

The Great Tits fledged nineteen days after hatching,only one seen though.

June 17th,heard a Med Gull passing over the house at 0630 (Snodland)
1980 Cetti`s warbler,the first record of breeding for the area,when one pair bred at Eccles Island Creek.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

May 16th,New Hythe (east scrub)

I had one 30ft and one 60ft up by 5:am.birds ringed 1 Nightingale (juv),2 Willow warber,1 Chiff,2 Robins,2 Songthrush,2 Great Tits,1Lesser Whitethroat,2 Wren,2Dunnock,1Whitethroat,1 Blackcap and a retrap Willow Warbler (ringed in the east scrub on 17 04 09.

May 14th,Dungeness.

Rain at first soon cleared,latter,sunny and warm.I only walked around the RSPB reserve,up to six Hobbies were in the area,most of my time was taken up trying for good pictures.Only one bird came reasonably close.The Linnet was snapped from the car.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

New Hythe,June 5th,8th and 9th.

Oystercatcher -2 flew south along the Medway on the 5th and 1 was seen feeding on the river at low tide on the 8th.

Common Tern -1 was seen on Tesco lake on the 5th,with 2 at Brookland lake on the 9th.

A walk through the west scrub on the 8th,produced 1 male Reed Bunting and 1 male Bullfinch.

Greylag Goose-77 adult and 18 young on Tesco lake on the 5th.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Brookland lake,May 2nd.

Clear and warm,northeast.A quick look in at Brookland lake produced 3 juvenile Pied Wagtails,1 Common Tern,1 adult Med Gull and 5 Goldfinch.

Later during the afternoon a Med Gull passed over my garden,west.

The Great Tits are still present in my garden,the female is sitting on eggs.

The Blackbird has built a third nest (third time lucky ?)

May 31st (Halling marsh)

I had a walk around Ken`s patch (Halling marsh) this morning it was my first visit since about the early 1980s,I liked what I saw.It was nice to see a Yellowhammer,Skylark,Linnets and Meadow Pipit,all of which are becoming increasingly hard to find now.Where the path appears to end at the far end of the marsh,in the small wood opposite,I heard a Cetti`s Warbler and Nightingale