Jul 292011
 
Timed Out!

Timed tetrad visits for the BTO 2007-11 Atlas finish on Sunday, and I have completed my last two sites. Thanks to Malcolm and Sally for their help and encouragement in this. Two sites in a day is never easy, but we had little choice with other commitments and once you get out there it’s always […]

 Posted by on 29 July 2011 at 8:52 am
Jul 272011
 
Elmley RSPB Reserve

  Our Wednesday walk was planned for Elmley this week, with a stop off at Bedlams Bottom on the way.   Sheltering from the wind behind the car we managed to spot over 100 black-headed gulls, over 100 avocets, several oystercatcher, greenshank, redshank, turnstone, lapwing, kestrel, little egret, great crested grebe, and two cormorants flew over. […]

Jul 262011
 
Northward Hill

Today 20 people joined Malcolm for another of his Tuesday morning walks.   This time the venue was the marshes at Northward Hill RSPB Reserve. As we met in the car park Malcolm and Sally were showing us a Drinker moth which had emerged from its cocoon overnight.   Howard had a moth field guide and we […]

 Posted by on 26 July 2011 at 9:24 pm
Jul 262011
 

A nice day for a short stroll – birds seen on route:- Collared dove, parakeet, wren, wood pigeon, blackcap, magpie, crow, robin, chaffinch, swallow, rook, kestrel, swift, a pair of buzzard, house sparrow, goldfinch, grey wagtail, moorhen, mallard, pied wagtail, green woodpecker, jackdaw, pheasant, skylark, greenfinch, coal tit, blue tit, and finally a dunnock. Another good day […]

Jul 232011
 

Fourteen eager members arrived, some having sampled the great food at the Woodman Pub, others having sampled the great beer, and a few who didn’t realise what a lovely pub it was! The weather was dry, but fairly windy – during the day it had been awful – strong winds and heavy rain for most […]

 Posted by on 23 July 2011 at 10:16 pm
Jul 222011
 

Continuing up the Darenth Valley path this time I started at Eynsford and walked south passing Eagle heights and Lullingstone Castle and ending at the visitors centre. Birds seen along the way:- moorhen, mallard, mute swan, grey heron, blackbird, common gull, kestrel, wood pigeon, chaffinch, starling, collared dove, rook, magpie, peregrine, skylark, wren, song thrush, swallow, house martin, […]

 Posted by on 22 July 2011 at 7:33 pm
Jul 102011
 
Northward Hill and Cliffe Pools

Shaded broad-bar moth What a superb day on the North Kent Marshes! I attended a walk arranged on the RSPB reserve at Northward Hill, and led by Malcolm and Roger. The purpose to find butterflies and damselflies.  We saw 12 species of butterfly: large white, small white, marbled white, small skipper, ringlet, gatekeeper, green-veined white, […]

Jul 062011
 
Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve

As I was due to return from my friends in Essex today, my friends kindly arranged to go for a walk at Rainham Marshes today, which saved me having to charge through the early morning rush-hour at the QEII Bridge.   We met at 10.00 am and headed straight for the spot where grasshopper warbler had […]

 Posted by on 6 July 2011 at 9:53 pm