Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Alba Wagtail numbers have been noticeably low for quite a few years now in this part of the Medway valley.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
ABBEY MEAD LAKE - Pochard 85,Shoveler 1,Tufted Duck 21,Little Grebe 3,Tree Sparrow 2 over west,few high flying Song Thrush,small number of Swallows over south,good numbers of Goldfinch about,Chaffinches were passing over in small flocks north west,only one warbler was seen a Chiffchaff.
White-winged Black Tern,one was seen at Leybourne.
Monday, 28 September 2009
I had a quick walk out onto Halling Common between 1330-1430,the river was low.One of the first birds to come to my notice was a calling Cetti`s in the Hawthorns just over the first stile,a little further on I came across 6 Linnet (which I didn`t see on my last visit) and just as I had reached the salt marsh area a male and female Stonechat were flitting along the dyke below the wall,where a Snipe was flushed again.One Common Buzzard was seen over the Downs at Upper Halling.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
As I walked past the sunken marsh a Grey Wagtail flew over from the direction of the river and a Sparrowhawk,one of two seen today was flying over the marsh at Burham.On Abbey Mead not much had changed from the 22nd,the Wigeon,Gadwall and Shoveler were all still present.Two Cetti`s called from the sunken marsh,with another three around the banks of Abbey Mead,Bullfinches were again present in the Hawthorns,along with three Blackcaps.A quick walk through the east scrub produced another three Blackcaps,a hunting Sparrowhawk and two Jays.Walking back to the car along the Mill stream I had the Kingfisher again and one singing Blackcap.
September 24th 1983 - weather,some cloud,mild,light southerly.
New Hythe - river - Green Sandpiper 3,Hawthorns - Lesser Whitethroat 2,Common Whitethroat 1,Cetti`s 2.
Burham marsh - Cetti`s two in the dyke,meadow - Heron 3 and Teal 7.Fifteen Mallard were along the river and two early Fieldfare were seen.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
As I was sitting writing the above,I glanced out the window and saw a Common Buzzard going over in a southwesterly direction.
While I was there several flocks of Greylag came over from the direction of Maidstone,in total 81 birds,one flock contained two all white Geese and the other one.Other birds seen were 2 Jays and one Green Woodpecker,a Cetti1s Warbler was heard calling in the west scrub.
A Clouded Yellow was seen on a grassy bank near the Tesco warehouse at Snodland on the 22nd.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
A Tawny Owl was heard calling just outside the Sandwich Bay estate at 545am.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Ringing in the east scrub (18th) birds ringed - L T Tit,4,Blackcap 3,Chiffchaff 3,Blue Tit 4 and Great Tit 2,I had one re trapped Lotti,ringed on the 03 12 08,one Lesser Whitethroat was also seen.
I had a quick look at Halling Common on the 18th,the wind was still in the northeast but had dropped a bit,the river was high.The only birds seen of note were - 1 Kestral,1 Common Sandpiper,6 Yellowhammer and 1 Lesser Whitethroat,I managed to record Meadow Pipit today but only one.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Full list of birds seen or heard - Cett1`s 1,Heron 4,Mute Swan 5,Mallard 2,G B B Gull 5,L B B Gull 3,Common Gull 1,B h Gull 60,Herring Gull 4,Wood Pigeon 21,Magpie 10,Jay 1,Blackbird 2,Green Woodpecker 2,Great Spot 1,Wren 1,Dunnock 2,Robin 1,Moorhen 4,Snipe 3,Jackdaw 4,Crow 7,Greylag 2 (over),Blue it 4,Great Tit 3,Yellowhammer 8,Reed Bunting 2,Linnet 15,Greenfinch 3,Goldfinch 2,Cormorant 6,Pheasant 3,Little Egret 1,Collared Dove 8,Lapwing 6,Redshank 1,Starling 3.
All the time during my visit a movement of House Martins was passing over north,probably 100s were involved.Only two warblers were seen,one each of Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat and considering there has been up to 60 or more Meadow Pipits in the area,today none were seen.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Leysdown (Coastal Park) September 21st 1996.Weather,cloudy,windy,northeast.
Fall,birds ringed - Blackbird 4,Robin 30,Redstart 8,Blackcap 6,Blue Tit 2,Song Thrush 8,Goldcrest 6,Linnet 2,Firecrest 2,Garden Warbler 2,Coal Tit (grey backed) 2,Meadow Pipit 4,Willow Warbler 2.There was at least 100 Robins in the area and 15 Redstart.
Leysdown (Coastal Park) October 6th 1998.Weather,overcast,drizzel at times,northeast.
Big fall.birds ringed - Blackbird 5,Song Thrush 7,Robin 82,Dunnock 3,Siskin 3,Chaffinch 10,Goldcrest 40,Blackcap 8,Wren 1,Chiffchaff 8,Redstart 1,Reed Warbler 2,Meadow Pipit 4,Sparrowhawk 1,Ring Ouzel 1.
Robin K888280 (3) 06 10 1998 Leysdown (Coastal Park)
26 03 2000 Jylland,Denmark.killed by a cat,707 km,NE,537 days.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
I had a look in at New Hythe between 745am-845am.I parked again by the sewage works entrance.I had only walked halfway along the path before the bridge and a large dark raptor came floating over from the direction of the Stream Side lake.I ran a little further along the path and got my bins onto it just as it was flying low over the wader scrape.I was hoping it would stay a while but unfortunately it carried on flying in a westwards direction.As soon as I saw it through my bins and noticed it had a pale head I knew it could only be a Marsh Harrier.I then looked in on Abbey Mead,the Wigeon now numbered 16,along with 4 Gadwall,2 Shoveler and a pair of Pochard.On the way back I walked through the east scrub just in time to see the foraging flock passing through - 20 Blue Tit,9 L T Tit,6 Great Tit,5 Chaffinch and 2 Chiffs,the Goldfinch flock numbered about 25.Two very flighty Song Thrush were also about.
I went back in the afternoon to look at Abbey Mead again,this time I had a complete count of all birds present - Coot 109,Moorhen 5,Mallard 10,Gadwall 5,Wigeon now 22, Tufted Duck 72,Canada Goose 28,Shoveler 2,Pochard 2,G C Grebe 3 and Little Grebe 2.
Monday, 14 September 2009
BROOKLAND lake,birds seen - Mute Swan 4,Heron 2,Coot 2,Sand Martin 20,Swallow 10,in the bushes on top of the mound a small foraging flock consisted of 3 Great Tits,2 Blue,1 L T T Tit and 7 Blackcaps,a Cetti`s called and 2 Stock Dove flew over.
ABBEY MEAD - Coot 100,G C Grebe 2,Little Grebe 2,Moorhen 4,Gadwall 4,Shoveler 1,Tufted Duck 60,Wigeon 10 and Snipe 1.In the Hawthorns along the river 4 Bullfinch were seen.
The remainder of the walk was rather quite,with only one Chaffinch and 2 Jays noted in the east scrub and a few calling Chiffchaffs noted elsewhere.
Kestrals have been seen more often over the past few weeks,one flew low over my garden today (13th).
Saturday, 12 September 2009
I spent the morning and early afternoon ringing at Sandwich.With the wind in the northeast far fewer birds were on the estate (if it had rained during the night it might have been a different story).Birds ringed - Redstart 1,Chiffchaff 3,Wren 1,Reed Warbler 3 and Blackcap 3.
Other birds seen were - Wheatear 1,Whinchat 3,Stonechat 1,Pied Flycatcher 1 and Sparrowhawk 2.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Other birds of note we saw in the area were - Hobby 2,Cetti`s Warbler 2,Bar headed Goose 1,Marsh Harrier 4,Kestral 2,Ruff 1,Black tailed Godwit 1,Dunlin 2,Black Redstart 1,Pied Flycatcher 1 and Snipe 1.
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Brookland - Mute Swan 1 and 6 B h Gulls.
Abbey Mead - Coot 100,Shoveler 3,Tufted Duck 28,Canada Goose 10,G C Grebe 4,Little Grebe 1,Moorhen 4,Mute Swan 1 and Chiffchaff 1.
Alders lake - Mallard 5,Greylag 8,Tufted Duck 16,Coot 96,Canada Goose 7,Mute Swan 4,Chiffchaff 2 and a pair of G C Grebes with 2 very small young.
The above photo is of a adult female Goldfinch,the red on the face of a male extends behind the eye.
Chiffchaffs are now the most noticeable Warbler in the New Hythe area,many of the other summer visitors have moved out.
Birds of note - Common Sandpiper 4,Little Egret 1,Yellowhammer 4,Swallow 2,Stock Dove 1, Cetti`s Warbler 2 and Grey Wagtail 1,which flew over north.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Birds noted - Little Egrets 2,Mute Swan 3,Canada Geese 10,G B B Gull 3,L B B Gull 3,Common Gull 4, B h Gull 60,Herring Gull 20,Lapwing 2,Swallow 2,Skylark 2,Yellowhammer 4,Meadow Pipit 50,Reed Bunting 4,Common Whitethroat 1,Lesser Whitethroat 4,Blue Tits 8 and Great Tit 4.
On reading Ken`s Blog I see he found a Med Gull,I was there just before him so probably overlooked it ( well done Ken).
( in the photo its looks just a paler greyish/blue)
Birds ringed - Greenfinch 2,Chiffchaff 4,Robin 2,L T Tit 1,Great Tit 1 and Blue Tit 4.
The foraging flock contained,Great,Blue and L T Tits,Chaffinch 4,Dunnocks 4,Chiffchaff 6 and 3 Robins,no other Warblers were seen except for one Blackcap.The Greenfinch flock was at least 40 strong and the Goldfinch 35.Two jays and one Green Woodpecker were also about and a Cetti`s Warbler was heard calling from the Stream Side lake.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Brookland lake - Mute Swan 4,Cormorant 1.
Abbey Mead lake - 100 Coot,6 Moorhen,2 G C Grebe,8 Tufted Duck,4 Mallard and 6 Gadwall.
4 Chiffchaffs,4 Bullfinch,2 Jays and 1 G S Woodpecker and 2 Cett1`s were also noted.
River,low - 21 Mallard,12 Heron,4 Cormorants,30 B h Gulls and 1 L B B Gull.
Railway lake - 27 Tufted Duck,20 Coot,1 Mute Swan and 1 G C Grebe.
Stream Side lake - 8 Canada Geese,2 Cormorant,20 Coot,1 Mute Swan and 2 Mallard.
Tesco lake - 8 Mute Swan,50 Coot,14 Mallard,3 Cormorant,1 Canada Goose and 6 Greylag.
Johnsons lake - 10 Tufted Duck,47 Canada Geese,65 Greylag,2 Mute Swan,25 Coot and 2 Mallard.
As I was walking through the east scrub,which was quite,two Greylag flocks passed over heading southeast,one was of about 100 birds and the other of 46.The last flock contained an all white Goose,which I suspect is a domestic white Goose type.This may have been one of two white Geese I saw going down into fields at Upper Halling on August 27th.
Birds caught - Blue Tit 2,Reed Bunting 2,Reed Warbler 6,Robin 2,Lesser Whitethroat 3,Sedge Warbler 1,Garden Warbler 1,Wren 1,Blackcap 2.
Six Green Sandpipers were present along the river in the area of Eccles Island.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
Birds ringed - Blue Tit 2,Great Tit 2,L T Tit 2,Blackcap 2,Common Whitethroat 1,Chiffchaff 3,Goldfinch 6 and Greenfinch 5.I had two retrapped birds - LT Tit ringed on the 20 01 09 (adult) in the west scrub and one Great Tit ringed on the 23 07 08 as a juvenile also in the west scrub.I have noticed over the last week that Chiffchaffs have become more abundant and also Blackcaps,in the mixed foraging flocks.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Again due to the wind,many birds were keeping out of sight.Birds that were seen or heard are as follows - Cetti`s Warbler 1,Wood Pigeon 60,Coot 2, Stock Dove 3,Collared Dove 2,Starling 8,Kestral 1,Sparrowhawk 1,Chiff 1,Wren 2,Blackbird 3,BlueTit 3,Goldfinch 6 and Swallow 4.Along the river were - Herring Gull 4,B h Gull,50,Common Gull 1,Heron 1,Cormorant 3,Mallard 4,Moorhen 3,Mute Swan 2 and Little Egrets 2.The Egrets were probably the same birds that were seen at Halling on August 24th.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Birds of note - 5 Teal on the river,5 Shoveler on Abbey Mead,3 Kingfishers,one of which was along the river,with two along the Mill Stream,a small movement of Swallows south and a noticeable increase in the numbers of Dunnock,with at least 10 in the east scrub.However best of all was a bird that is always nice to find,Common Redstart.It was seen in the east scrub where a bird was found last year on October 8th.