Mar 242010

21 Group members met at Blean Woods RSPB reserve on Sunday & managed to park in the tiny car park. We were easily out numbered by joggers on a rather cloudy, non-descript day, but at least it wasn’t cold. The first sign of Spring was a rabbit collecting dead leaves & taking them down it’s burrow, presumably making a ‘nest’ for the baby bunnies to come.
Not too far down the trail a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard drumming. Malcolm & Ian looked for it & found a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker instead! It was a long way off & only identifiable with a telescope, but it was seen by several members of the group before
disappearing. Later, we also saw the Great Spotted Woodpecker & the Green Woodpecker. Not many birds were seen but deeper in the woods we could hear the calls of Tits and Chaffinch.
After lunch some of us visited Reculver, where we saw a Wheatear & 68 Mute Swans.
Our total list of birds; jay, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, coal tit, chaffinch, wren,
robin, dunnock, lesser spotted woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, nuthatch, tree creeper. & at Reculver; little grebe, mallard, herring gull, great crested grebe, black headed gull, mute swan, pied wagtail, meadow pipit, wheatear, blackbird, turnstone, redshank, oystercatcher, sparrow, lapwing (maybe)
Total = 29 spp

 Posted by on 24 March 2010 at 9:21 pm