Along the river I saw (2) Little Egret (1) G B b Gull (2) Herring Gull (25) B h Gull (2) Little Grebe (6) Lapwing and (1) Redshank.Bearded Tits were heard calling from the main reed bed and (2) Cetti`s Warblers called from the reed filled dyke that runs around part of the marsh.The hawthorn scrub held a flock of (100) Redwing and (20) Fieldfare.Four Teal were seen in the southern meadow,along with (2) Stock Dove.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Cloudy and dull,with occasional drizzle,SW. 8.am-9.30am.the river was nearly at low tide.
What this morning needed to brighten it up was a good bird,maybe a Waxwing or two,unfortunately it remained dull.The main difference this morning over the past few days,besides it being milder,was that there was more Redwings in the area than Fieldfare.There must have been at least (100) with (60) of them being in the sunken marsh area.
Other birds that I noted were - Redshank (2) Mallard (10) Teal (12) Heron (3) G B b Gull (1) Herring Gull (1) Common Gull (2) B h Gull (20) and Kingfisher (1) all being seen along the river.Brookland Lake held - Tufted Duck (60) and Abbey Mead - Tufted Duck (25) Pochard (1) and Great Crested Grebe (6).
Monday, 25 October 2010
Clear and bright 8.30am-10.am. river low.
Birds that I noted were - Cormorant (20) this is the most that I have seen at Halling.The fishing must have been good,one bird was seen with a decent sized flat fish.Little Egret (1) Herring Gull (6) Lesser black backed (2) Great Black backed (1) Black headed (100),Common (4) Little Grebe (2) Curlew (3) Redshank (20) Lapwing (10) Mallard (4) Greylag (4) Pied Wagtail (2) Meadow Pipit (4) Green Woodpecker (1) Skylark (2) and Goldfinch (10).
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Clear and bright,light NW. 8.30am-10.30am.river low.
Birds that I noted this morning were - Peregrine (1) Little Egret (3) Teal (8) Mallard (6) Heron (3) Redshank (1) and Little Grebe (4) all of which were seen along the river.Two calling Water Rails and (2) Bearded Tit in the sunken marsh.Two Pochard,one of which was on Abbey Mead lake,with the other on the streamside lake.The latter lake also held (2) drake Shoveler.Five Redwing in the west scrub,a flock of (80) Fieldfare which flew over heading NW and at least (120) Greylags on the big Tesco lake.
Two Foxes were also seen this morning,both of which were scavenging along the river bank
During the afternoon Jeanette and I had a walk across the fields to the church at Paddlesworth.In one of the stubble fields it was nice to see a flock of at least (50) Skylarks.
Friday, 22 October 2010
Still and bright,not as cold as yesterday.8.am-9.30am.
Birds that I saw were - Fieldfare (20) which came up from the hawthorns on the edge of the sunken marsh,I think they had probably roosted there overnight.Eight Teal and (6) Little Grebe along the river.One Shoveler,the first for this autumn on the Railway lake.One Pochard and (1) Gadwall on the Little Tesco lake.Twenty Redwing in the east scrub and a Kingfisher which flew across the path as I walked back to the Brookland car-park along by the millstream.
I see there was a record of 2,500 Fieldfare flying over New Hythe lakes during one hour on the 20th,it must have all kicked off after I had left for home.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Clear and cold,light NW,becoming stronger later.
Just a brief visit this morning to the sunken marsh area between 8.am-9.am.
On my arrival I could hear the chattering of Fieldfare coming from the hawthorns along the edge of the marsh.I then noticed that small flocks were coming in from an easterly direction,some of which were dropping down into the hawthorns to join the birds already there,whilst others were continuing on their way northwest.A Common Buzzard,which was being mobbed by two Carrion Crows was seen high over Abbey Mead lake and when I looked across the river I could see (2) more over the Downs at Wouldham.I was hoping there might have been a chance of seeing or hearing the Bearded Tits that Phil had seen yesterday,but there was no sign of them.Instead I had to be content with (2) Water Rails and (3) Cetti`s Warblers.
Later on during the early afternoon,two flocks of twenty and thirty Redwings flew over the garden NW.
Monday, 18 October 2010
Colder today,little wind 8:am-9:30am,the river was high.
Not a lot to report but I did see amongst others - (1) STONECHAT (8) Linnets (2) Skylark (2) Kestral (1) Reed Bunting (10) Meadow Pipits (6) Goldfinch (1) Heron (50) Starlings and (1) Green Woodpecker.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Ringing in the east scrub this morning 7:am-9:am.
I was hoping to catch a few thrushes today but the area proved to be very quite,most of them appear to have moved on.
Birds ringed - Long tailed Tit (3) Robin (1) and Blue Tit (2).I had two re-traps both of which were Long tailed Tits.
AAT154 was ringed in the east scrub on 19 09 08.caught again on 02 08 09 and again today.
BHV508 was ringed in the east scrub on 02 08 09.
While I was there I heard a CURLEW call twice but unfortunately I couldn't tell in what direction it was flying.
When I got back home I put my small net up in the garden and caught - Starling (2) Blue Tit (1) House Sparrow (1) and Goldfinch (1).So far this autumn our Goldfinch feeder has attracted at least three different birds (1 adult and two juveniles).
While I was in the garden I was lucky enough to see my first FIELDFARE of the autumn,it passed over heading NW.
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010
Birds of note this morning were (7) Pochard and (6) Gadwal on Tesco lake (1) Wigeon on the railway lake and the first (2) Redwings of the autumn in hawthorns by the water treatment works.
Two flocks of 50+ Starlings flew through NW,along with small numbers of Chaffinch.So far this autumn I still have not recorded a Goldcrest at New Hythe (I can`t hear them) so until they stop hiding in the bushes and come out into the open,I could be walking past hundreds.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Clear,SE/E breeze.This morning saw the first ringing of the autumn of Brambling and Redwing.Goldcrests continue to be present in good numbers and 600 Goldfinch and 83 Siskins passed through.Birds ringed - Brambling (1) Magpie (1) Jay (1) Green Woodpecker (1) Robin (11) Chaffinch (7) Blackcap (1) Goldcrest (17) Chiffchaff (2) Redstart (1) Blue Tit (1) Song Thrush (2 continental) Redwing (1) Long-tailed Tit (1) Green Woodpecker (1) and Great Skua (1).
The Skua was brought to the centre yesterday after being found in a field.It was fed,watered and then released on the beach this afternoon.We also controlled a Polish ringed Goldcrest.
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Cloudy with occasional light drizzle,SW.8:am-10:am.
A walk round the lakes this morning notched up forty species.Those of note being Grey Wagtail (2) Gadwall (1) Kingfisher (1) and Little egret (2).Although there was still no sign of Redwings small numbers of very flighty Song Thrush and Blackbirds (probably migrants) remain in the east and west scrub areas.For most of the visit small flocks of Swallows were passing through all heading SW, good numbers of Chiffchaffs remain in the area.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
WILDFOWL Pochard up to (170) at New Hythe by end of month.Tufted Duck up to (100) at New Hythe by end of month.Red-breasted Merganser (1) was present at New Hythe from 29th to the end of the year (injured). KESTRAL (2) Leybourne 2nd,(2) Holborough marsh 31st.WADERS Curlew (2) N W over New Hythe 20th.Snipe (20) Burham marsh by 25th.Redshank 8 Burham marsh by 25th.Green Sandpiper (2) New Hythe 27th.Common Sandpiper (1) New Hythe 27th.Lapwing 200 Burham marsh 25th.THRUSHES Redwing (30) over New Hythe NW 3rd.Fieldfare much in evidence by the end of the month.GOLDCREST influx at New Hythe from 16th.SWALLOW (1) New Hythe 29th.PIED WAGTAIL (300) at the Holborough marsh roost 22nd.MEADOW PIPIT (50) at the Holborough marsh roost 22nd.BEARDED TIT present at Burham marsh by the 18th.FINCHES Linnet (100) at New Hythe during the month.Goldfinch (50) at New Hythe during the month.Redpoll small numbers over New Hythe NW on 23rd.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Misty at first,slowly clearing 8:am-10:am.
The main interest this morning was in the east and west scrub areas where some very flighty Song Thrushes and Blackbirds were very much in evidence,but try as I may,no Redwing were found.Other species present were Blackcap (2) Chiffchaff (2) Chaffinch (10) Green Woodpecker (1) Jay (2) and Swallow (2).Although there was no sign of them this morning,yesterday I saw five Pochard on the railway lake.