May 292011
Bird Safari at Millbrook Garden Centre

This Sunday Sally and I led bird watching walks at the Millbrook Garden Centre near Gravesend. The guided walks for Millbrook customers lasted 1 hour and we were fortunate to find nesting woodpigeon, song thrush and blue tit. The song thrush having already reared one brood successfully is now incubating the eggs of her second […]

 Posted by on 29 May 2011 at 11:32 pm
May 282011

15 joined Paul for the walk at Stodmarsh today.   The weather was cloudy, overcast and very windy which didn’t set itself up for the best of birdwatching days, but spirits were high.   On arrival the banter was flowing freely in the car park – some folk just don’t understand the limits of a 1.2 cc […]

May 252011

Our usual Wednesday walk took us to Lullingstone today in the hope of a change of scenery, perhaps some different plants/flowers and dragon or damselflies.   If you haven’t been to Lullingstone for a while, the first change is the car park where the area allotted has been increased and a new gravel surface has been […]

May 242011
Minsmere 22nd May

Once again the draw of Minsmere virtually filled our coach and although there had been some light rain in the air before we left, by the time we hit the road the sun was shining and we were in high spirits. On the way we passed the time by bird watching  – magpie, starling, crow […]

 Posted by on 24 May 2011 at 9:14 pm
May 232011

For those of you who missed the coach trip we had a short (but challenging!) quiz organised by Julie. If you want to have a go, here is a copy of the questions: Minsmere Coachtrip Birds and Wildlife Challenge …and when you’ve given up in frustration, and for anyone who missed some of the answers on the coach: […]

 Posted by on 23 May 2011 at 7:48 pm
May 182011

If you want an extra reason to get up early on Sunday and join us at Minsmere, they have had 6 spoonbill and an escaped flamingo (called Fiona and previously from Marwell Zoo!) in the last few days.  Montagu’s harrier and honey-buzzard also reported recently.

 Posted by on 18 May 2011 at 10:13 pm
May 182011
Swale NNR

Back on home turf and our usual Wednesday appointment with nature took us to Swale Reserve near Harty on the Isle of Sheppey. A quick stop at Capel Fleet viewpoint on the way gave us great views of marsh harrier, red-legged partridge, reed bunting, sedge warbler, shelduck, oystercatcher and swallows.   Although windy we did catch the […]