Wednesday, 20 September 2017


On my way home from Sandwich on the 20th,I looked in on Oare Marshes,As at Sandwich,House Martins and Swallows were much in evidence, all heading west,at Sandwich they were heading north.

Photo`s Peregrine,Little Stint,Curlew Sandpiper,Dunlins and Ruff.

During the morning of the 20th,I was busy ringing at Sandwich.Clear conditions,with a light SW wind opened the flood gates and Swallows and House Martins came poring through,with estimates of 100,000 House Martins and 40,000 Swallows.Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs,were also much in evidence with an estimate of 300 for each.A total of 675 birds were ringed,of which 342 were House Martins,202 Blackcaps and 106 Chiffchaffs.On the 19th a Blyth`s Reed Warbler was trapped,a first for the Bay and a Arctic Warbler was caught on the 10th.

New Hythe (West Scrub)  17th.


Blackcap  6

Chiffchaff  11

L T Tit  2

Great Tit  3

Willow Warbler  1

Wren  1

Goldcrest 1


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

September 13th (Halling marshes)

I had an hour or so to spare,so I thought I would nip along to Halling for a change.I was hoping a Stonechat or two might be on show.The marsh there nearly always turns up trumps for this species,especially at this time of the year.On this occasion though it didn`t,but I did see its close relative the Whinchat,an increasingly scarce migrant in our area.Other birds I saw are as follows - Common Sandpiper 1,Mallard 2,Cormorant 1,Little Egret 1,Blackbird 2,Moorhen 3,Crow 10,Jackdaw 8,Magpie 3,G B B Gull 2,Herring gull,4,B H gull 40,Common gull 2,Starling 40,Blue Tit 2,Wood Pigeon 10,Collared Dove 4.The windy conditions made for a poor species total.

Sunday, 10 September 2017


During the afternoon of the 8th,I saw 3 Yellowhammer and 3 Hobbies between Snodland and Paddlesworth and on the 9th a group of 6 Common Buzzards.

10th.New Hythe,west scrub,clear at first then a light mist (0630-0930).


Blackcap  25

L T Tit  1

Reed Warbler  1

Chiffchaff  3


Thursday, 7 September 2017

September 7th (Sandwich Bay and Oare Marshes)

This morning at Sandwich there was a large fall of Blackcaps.Which coincided with a pre-dawn shower at around 0500,an estimate of 500 were present in the trapping area alone (273 were ringed).There was also smaller numbers of other warblers present,Chiffchaffs,Willow Warblers and Garden,in all,327 birds were ringed.Singles of Redstart,Pied Flycatcher and Spotted were seen.

Away from ringing,raptors were on the move from about 1030.With 25-30 Common Buzzards,2-3 Honey,6 Hobbies and 2 Sparrowhawks seen over Worth marshes.

On my way home I stopped off at Oare marshes and saw an Osprey,which capped off an excellent day.

Photo`s Osprey and Long-billed Dowitcher.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

September 3rd (Sandwich Bay and Oare Marshes

Curlew Sandpiper and Long-billed Dowitcher.
Sandwich (0630-1100) clear at first,light overcast later.


Blackcap  74

Reed Warbler  4

Blue Tit  1

Goldcrest  2

Whitethroat  1

Chiffchaff  11

Willow Warbler  5

Re-traps  3

Control  Blackcap 1

On the way home I looked in on Oare Marshes.I was hoping to see the Red-necked Phalarope,but apparently it departed some time on Friday.I did however managed to see the Long-billed Dowitcher,but only at long range.

Thursday, 31 August 2017


Although a misty start,it cleared quickly.(0700-0930) New Hythe,west scrub.


Blackcap  18

All were young of the year.

Generally on the bird front it was very quite,apart from two noisy Jays and a G S Woodpecker.

The Sparrowhawk was was on a neighbours roof (31st) and the Hobby was seen again,this time during the afternoon of the 30th.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

August 25th (New Hythe)

Hazy,calm (0700-0930) west scrub.


Blackcap  10

Lesser Whitethroat  1

Chiffchaff  1

Reed Warbler  1

TOTAL 13 all were young birds.Some of the Blackcaps are now carrying small fat reserves.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

August 22nd (New Hythe)

Calm,light overcast (0700-09300) West scrub


Garden Warbler  1

Wren  1

Chiffchaff  1

Blackcap  17

Reed Warbler  3

TOTAL  23 (all were young of the year,apart from the Wren)

Sunday, 20 August 2017

August 20th.

Yesterday during the evening and again today,we had a Hobby over our garden.

August 20th (Sandwich and Oare Marshes)

The ringing at Sandwich this morning was rather slow.The best bird caught in the nets was the above Kingfisher.I looked in on Restharrow scrape and was surprised to see eight Green Sandpipers,the most I have seen together.
Although the Dowitcher was out of photographic range.The Bonaparte`s gull was quite close to the road.(top Dunlin)

August 19th (Headcorn)

Jeanette and I spent a very nice afternoon in Headcorn,Watching the air show from the comfort of Bob Bland`s garden.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

August 16th (Sandwich Bay)

A male juvenile Blackbird,with unusual plumage colouring.

I spent this morning ringing at Sandwich.There was a reasonable fall of birds (the night sky was mainly clear),79 birds were ringed,with a good overall selection.Garden Warblers,Reed Warblers,Willow Warblers,Sedge Warblers,Blackcaps and best of all another Nightingale,amongst others.

Friday, 11 August 2017

August 11th (New Hythe)

Goldfinch and Chiffchaff (juveniles)

Sunny and warm (0800-1000) East scrub.

BIRDS SEEN - Sparrowhawk 1,Nightingale 2,Common Whitethroat 4,Lesser Whitethroat 1 and Goldfinch 50+.


Chiffchaff  3

Goldfinch  4

Dunnock  1

Blue Tit  1

Great Tit  2

Blackcap  5


Sunday, 6 August 2017

August 6th Sandwich Bay)

Green Woodpecker (juv) Willow Warbler and Wood Warbler.

I spent this morning ringing at Sandwich.It was a rather chilly start,but later warmed up nicely.Although the night sky was clear,there was a good fall of birds.Most of which were Willow Warblers,with 85 ringed.The best bird caught in the nets was a nice Wood Warbler.the third so far this autumn.Late July,early August is a good time to see this species in Kent.

Friday, 4 August 2017

August 4th (New Hythe)

Whitethroat (juvenile 3j )

Nightingale (young bird 3)

Ringing this morning in the West Scrub (0600-0900)


Nightingale  1

Reed Warbler  1

Song Thrush  1

Blackcap  12

Common Whitethroat  1

Wren  1  (all were young of the year ) TOTAL  (17)

Friday, 28 July 2017

July 28th (Cliffe Pools)

Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper.
I was back at Cliffe pools this morning,along with Bob Bland.We drove into the reserve via the bumpy track (which is accessed through Cliffe village).Our first stop was along side the iron gates,which are on your left,just before you reach the barn.looking over the gate,one of the first birds we saw was the Marsh Sandpiper.Although it was a some distance,it looked fine through our scopes.

Grey Heron and Marsh Sandpiper.
This morning 10 Black-winged Stilts were viewable from the mound,with the seat.
Avocets,Black-tailed Godwits,Black-headed Gulls and Mediterranean Gulls.Although we walked a fare way around the reserve we failed to locate the Spoonbills.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

July 25th (New Hythe)

During a quick visit to the river this morning.I found two Black-tailed Godwits dozing on the spit.( seen from the Bucket Wood).