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).

Sunday, 23 July 2017

July 23rd (Cliffe and Oare Marshes)

B W Stilts at Cliffe (2 adults and 3 young) 7 young were reared in all.I missed seeing the Marsh Sandpiper.A Peregrine put all the waders up just before I arrived.
B T Godwits,Curlew Sandpiper,Med Gulls and Bonaparte`s Gull (back for its fifth year)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

July 22nd (Dungeness)

Egyptian Geese and Common Sandpiper (Burrowes Pit)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

July 12th (Dungeness)

Tree Sparrow
I spent the morning at Dungeness,with friends.We made our way to Dungeness via Romney Marsh,where we saw - singles of Turtle Dove,Yellowhammer and Hobby.At the farm we picked up  the ever present Tree Sparrows.
Our first stop on reaching Dungeness was at the A R C Pits,where we saw - L R Plover 6,Dunlin 2 and singles of Little Egret,G W Egret,Common Sandpiper and Cuckoo,although we looked hard and long,we failed to locate a Curlew Sandpiper which was present yesterday.
On the R S P B.Reserve,we made I way round to Dengemarsh and from the hide saw -  Ruff 2,Common Sandpiper 1,Redshank 2 and Wood Sandpiper 1.
Before we left the area,we looked in on a well known stake out for Little Owls at Lydd.