Dec 212010

The snow had melted at last, well almost, and the sun was shining, when 15 members of the Group met at Brooklands car park for the last ‘bird watch’ of 2010. As it was Malcolm’s birthday last week he made his annual suggestion of trying to see as many birds as he is years old. […]

 Posted by on 21 December 2010 at 10:54 am
Dec 212010
No airport at Cliffe, again?

The Sunday Times recently ran some articles on the possibility of situating a future airport in the Thames estuary either on “Boris Island” or on the Hoo peninsula.  The Gravesend Group took part in the successful “No airport at Cliffe” campaign some year ago (2002). Therefore we took up the issue with the RSPB as […]

 Posted by on 21 December 2010 at 10:42 am
Nov 072010
Trip Report – Pulborough Brooks RSPB – 7th November

A cold morning for our coach trip to this RSPB reserve. However, our driver, Bernie, arrived early (despite all the road works around Grave send at the moment) and we were soon on our way to Pulborough Brooks.  We had a smooth journey to the reserve with the weather improving all the time. At the feeders in front of the centre we […]

 Posted by on 7 November 2010 at 10:25 pm
Oct 172010

Howard Vaughan, the Information Officer at Rainham Marshes, has published a document on identifying the difference between the two godwits. I thought you may all like to take a look, so follow this link and then look at the attachment… more on godwits It makes it look simple when they are side by side – […]

 Posted by on 17 October 2010 at 7:53 pm
Oct 172010
Trip Report – Rainham Marshes – Sunday 17th October

16 of us enjoyed an excellent walk around Rainham Marshes today, led by Jeff.   On arrival there was rumour of a Bluethroat which had been present yesterday, and a Ring Ouzel which had been around during the previous week.  Although those two birds eluded us there were plenty more to take our interest.   After checking in at […]

 Posted by on 17 October 2010 at 7:44 pm
Oct 172010
2nd October – Dungeness – Migrant Watch follow up.

You will recall that when we did our migrant watch at Dungeness recently we spotted a Skua which we were unable to identify.   Bearing in mind I did say that “dodgy photos permitting, if I get a definite id, I’ll post it”   I have attached said “dodgy photos” and a group of bird ringers have […]

 Posted by on 17 October 2010 at 7:35 pm
Oct 062010
Trichomonosis in finches and other garden birds

The subject of a disease which is affecting our garden birds was raised at last Tuesday’s indoor meeting, so we have done some research and found this advice from the RSPB: Trichomonosis in finches and other garden birds If you think you have seen sick birds in your garden, please follow the advice in this article.

 Posted by on 6 October 2010 at 9:20 pm