Mar 302011

We spent this afternoon at Northward Hill, walking from the RSPB Office along the Heron Trail.   Amongst the species seen and heard were:   Goldfinch, greenfinch, wren, blue tit, great tit with chiffchaff and song thrush singing well.   From the Marsh viewpoint there were teal, wigeon, coot, moorhen, shelduck.   Over the fields towards the Heronry were seen rook, jackdaw, […]

Mar 232011
Did you know?

The Snow bunting develops a brighter appearance through wear as it enters the breeding season: males can sometimes be seen rubbing against the snow to accelerate feather wear.  

Mar 232011

Today’s outing was far warmer than any so far this year!   The first (and best) sighting of the day came on the approach to Shellness where two short-eared owls were displaying over the fields (see photos). Superb! Great views had by all from the car.    One caught up with us later near the car […]

Mar 202011

25 people met at the Salt Lane car park this morning  for our walk at Cliffe led by Malcolm and Sally.   Before we had our boots and coats on a kestrel flew over our heads and landed on one of the overhead cables enabling great telescope views for all.   The bird seemed to hunt ahead […]

Mar 192011
Dungeness Wednesday 16th March

Our regular Wednesday ramble out took my friends and I to Dungeness this week, and although misty we finally managed to see the glaucous gull in the gull roost on the beach.   Were we the last Kent birdwatchers to finally catch up with this one?  Possibly, it seems like the rest of the world has already seen it.   Although on paper […]

Mar 162011

A foggy day making visibility difficult, however between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm the following were seen: Curlew, over 80 dunlin, turnstone, redshank, oystercatcher, reed bunting, meadow pipit, grey plover, little egret, black-tailed godwit (one in full summer plumage, several with patchy colour), lapwing, shoveler, pintail, tufted duck, mallard, shelduck, teal, stock dove, little grebe, gadwall, […]

Mar 102011
Be careful what you wish for Jeff!

Those of you who attend our regular meetings will know that Jeff has asked for contributions to the website, so here goes. I regularly walk with friends on a Wednesday, and yesterday was a superb example of what you can see just by being in the right place at the right time.   We had decided […]