Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April 18th (Ashdown forest)

Bright,but cold,NE.(0930 - 1330).

Four of us went to Ashdown forest this morning.We saw all of the expected specialities for this time of the year,apart from Dartford Warbler.A nice bonus as we sat eating our lunch was a flyover Red Kite.

Birds seen  or heard - Wood lark 3,Redtart 3,Tree Pipit 3,Stonechat 2,Common Buzzard 4,Red Kite 1 and Cuckoo 1.

This was the first time either of us had seen a Red Kite in Ashdown forest.We decided not to try for Dartfort Warbler,due to the rather windy and cold conditions.
Tree Pipit.Redstart and Common Buzzard

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

April 4th (New Hythe)

It proved not to be wishful thinking this morning (3rd).I did actually hear and see a Nightingale in the Brook House bushes,one day earlier than last years first bird.Now I wish I had stayed around and waited a bit longer last month on the 31st.

This evening (4th),I caught the bird.It proved to be a male which I had ringed in the same net ride during May last year.

Friday, 31 March 2017

March 31st (New Hythe)

0830-1030,light overcast to start,more cloud later,cool,SW.

With the recent warm weather and SW winds.I thought why not a March Nightingale.After all the first last year at New Hythe was on the 4th April,but alas things were not to be.Although at one point in the Brook House area I thought I heard a quick burst of song which got my pulse racing,but after not hearing it again,I put it down to wishful thinking.Perhaps it will happen one year in the not too distant future.

I finished up my walk on 43 species the best being - Bullfinch 4,Shelduck 2,Common Buzzard 2,Kestral 1,Sparrowhawk 1,Gadwall 2,Chiffchaff 8,Blackcap 10 and Sand Martin 2.
Smew (Dungeness) Marsh Harrier (Sheppey) and Common Buzzard (Halling) photos taken over the last few days.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March 16th (Snodland)

I walked across the fields this morning between Snodland and Paddles worth and saw - 2 Common Buzzards,a pair of Yellowhammers (back for their third year),a leucistic Magpie (which has been around for at least four years), 1 Kestral,2 Med gulls,4 singing Skylark, 1 singing Blackcap and 1 singing Chiffchaff.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

March 11th (East Malling)

young bird (male Waxwings have a sharp border to their throat patch,the female throat patch is more diffused.Also males tend to have broader yellow tail bands.
I spent an excellent morning ringing Waxwings at East Malling research station (my thanks to Ross).This morning the flock contained 63 birds,6 of which were caught.The birds could possibly remain into April,as many of the apples remain uneaten.
wing pattern of young bird above and adult below.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

February 23rd (East Malling)

Today at East Malling research station I saw at least 50 Waxwings.The birds are still feasting on the fallen apples there.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

February 5th (East Malling)

Waxwing (adult)
Twenty four Waxwings were present today in the orchards (research station),behind East Malling church.Also present were 100s of Fieldfare and Redwing,but no Brambling were seen.

Friday, 3 February 2017

February 3rd (Halling marshes)

I looked in on Halling marshes this morning.The flooded fields which border Marsh road have been particularly good this winter,especially for seeing wildfowl and Snipe.

Birds seen - Grey-lag Goose 63,Canada Goose 6,Mallard 43,Gadwall 32,Teal 38,Wigeon 1,Little Egret 1,Moorhen 15,Little Egret 1,Snipe 9,Pied Wagtail 1,Grey Wagtail 1,Meadow Pipit 6 and Stoechat 1.

Monday, 30 January 2017

January 23rd-29th (Scotland)

I went to Scotland,staying at the lake Tummel Hotel with members of SBBO.The week long holiday was very enjoyable and well organised.With most of the bird specialities being seen.Weather wise it was relatively mild compared to the harsh weather down south.

Loch Garten

Loch Tummel Hotel (Pine Martins frequent the area and one was filmed visiting a peanut feeder on two of the nights we stayed there.