Saturday, 24 January 2015

This morning I went to Chilham to see the Great Grey Shrike.For most of the morning it was feeding in the field by the Sports Centre.It was nice to see it in such good light.

Clear and bright, though cold.

I went to Dungeness on Thursday.Seeing as the M20 had been turned into a giant car park,yet again.I decided to make a detour through Maidstone   - - - - BIG MISTAKE,GRID LOCK.It took me a full hour to get as far as Langley,where thank goodness,it finally cleared
I think this is a taste of things to come,considering the amount of new houses planned for the south east.

One drake and two female Smew were showing quite well from the Scott hide.(0930).Although they never came in as close as the Cormorant,I photographed.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

January 14th (New Hythe)

0930-1130.sunny,though chilly in the westerly wind.

The small marsh by Brookland car park,held 2 Water Rail,3 Mallard,4 Moorhen,1 Cetti`s and 1 Chiffchaff.Along the MILL STREAM,I saw singles of Grey Wagtail,Kingfisher and Little Egret,the latter was the first sighting for quite a while.STREAMSIDE LAKE held,25 Tufted Duck,30 Coot and 4 Canada Geese.A rather wet walk through the WEST SCRUB did not produce the hoped for Woodcock or two,but I did see another Cetti`s,both,Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers,2 Redwings and a flyover Sparrowhawk.The RAILWAY LAKE held most of the Gadwall in the area,20 and 2 Little Grebe,2 Great Crested,80 Coot and 25 Tufted Duck.Another Kingfisher was seen at ABBEY MEADS,along with 50 Pochard,70 Coot,15 Gadwall,6 Great Crested Grebes and 60 Tufted Duck.Two Grey Herons were seen back in the Heronry,with a further 3 along the RIVER,where 15 Mallard,30 Teal and 1 Redshank were also present.

Still no Siskin or Redpolls,wildfowl numbers remain low.
Little Grebe

Sunday, 11 January 2015

January 11th (Dungeness and Pett Level)

Cattle Egrets
Both Cattle Egrets were showing well in their chosen field at Lydd.

A Great White Egret was feeding quite close to the track near Boulderwall farm.
Great White Egret
Clear and bright,though breezy.

On my arrival at Winchelsea,the Yellowlegs was showing well quite close to the road,at Pett Level.

Lesser Yellowlegs (Pett Level)

Wigeon (Pett Level